About South Pine Street City Farm

I aspire to be more experienced and efficient as an organic grower and steward of land, and whenever possible to learn from farmers with many more years of experience. I’ve been growing and learning hands on in vegetable gardens for six consecutive seasons, working to create a modest livelihood of substance that only sustainable organic agriculture and an ethical Earth-friendly living can provide. At S.Pine St. Farm, we aim to become a growing dynamic influence in the growing and distribution of nutritious wholesome fresh vegetables and herbs. A preference for being and working outside, in contact with nature and the elements. Being physically active at work is key to health and wellness, thus to productivity. Usually I begin around the Spring Equinox (weather permitting), continuing on through Fall into December and up to the Winter Solstice. Core values in gardening and agriculture include an appreciation of natural aesthetics, high standards of land upkeep, a wholesome and sanitary farm environment, and purity in our produce. We aim to meet public interests concerning clean, green, ethical growing means, and the ever increasing local demands for fresh foods.

2018: End of Year Reflections on Resilience, Commitment and going the Long Haul

As individuals we’re independent, solitary and low key yet friendly, down to earth “everyday people”. Presently as farmers we aspire to create for ourselves ample opportunities to be useful in serving the organic local fresh food needs of local people. Inspired by so many others before us, we hope to eventually steward more of the land and sustain a livelihood of substance and nourishment that only nature and sustainable agriculture can provide. In this way becoming a dynamic and positive influence in the growing and promoting of locally sourced fresh food, at affordable prices.

Aspirations come mostly from inspiration and a love of the work itself, thus brighter and kinder values of cooperation outweigh the old mindset of competition and divisive “us versus them” comparisons. To be better or best at one’s occupation is not about outshining others nor about crushing competitors, but to embrace all opportunity for learning at each moment by way of clear and intelligent observation(s). Then by further practice to become a benevolent source of life sustenance that addresses real world problems with positive practical solutions.

True success means total commitment and thus a continued enthusiasm/fascination with the work itself. We are presently a work in progress, driven to be ever more mindfully attentive and productive in the garden, devoting ourselves wholeheartedly to the many tasks at hand that go into any labor of love. Slow and steady progress allows for learning of all that is involved in truly committing ourselves to the long haul. The joy and meaning inherent in the journey itself, however hard and laborious at times, makes it more than worthwhile to carry on.

Joel D.Zenie