The Most Honest Job: Mo Moutoux Part 2

I want to repeat a quote from Mo Moutoux of Moutoux Orchard from last week’s post : Being a farmer “feels like the most honest thing you can do. Feeding yourself and your family and your community is at its most basic. It’s a basic necessity of life. Everyone has to eat, and being in a position to…

A Whole-Diet CSA: Mo Moutoux Part 1

Farmer Mo Moutoux and husband Rob, of Moutoux Orchards in Purcellville, VA, have an enviable set-up and an admirable work-life balance (well, for farmers that is, because we all know that farmers work like crazy). During my first visit I thought I had wandered into Farm Heaven. It was a perfect August day, not too…

Embracing the CSA Model: Nora Crist Part 4

If you are just joining Nora’s story, you can go back and read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and it’s an increasingly popular way for people to buy their vegetables and other items directly from a farmer, and for farmers to get their products into the hands…

Return to the Farm: Nora Crist Part 2

Despite being the 7th generation in a farming family, Nora Crist had no intention of making farming her career. She was interested in horses, and went off to college to study equine business. (You can read the first installment of Nora’s story here.) But then something happened that threw her off course. During her first…

Never Sell the Land: Nora Crist, Part 1

How big is 540 acres? Technically, about 0.84 square miles. Almost 410 football fields in size. In other words: big. Very, very big. It was on these five hundred and forty sprawling, lush, beautiful acres in now-affluent Howard County, Maryland, that Nora Crist grew up and now farms. Nora is an experienced and knowledgeable 28-year-old farmer who…

Buying a Farm: Shannon Varley Part 4

This is the fourth installment about farmer Shannon Varley, drawn to a life as a farmer and hell-bent on owning her own farm, not renting. You can read Part 1 of her story here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here. For eight years, Shannon’s goal was to own her own farm, and she and…