Land is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy that flows through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals.
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.
Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, 1949
The Dyer Family Organic Farm (aka Dick’s ‘Pretty Good!’ Garlic) was started by Dick and Diana Dyer in 2009 after coming close to dropping out of graduate school in the 1970’s to start an organic farm near Madison, WI. In fact, Aldo Leopold’s essay ‘The Land Ethic’ within his book A Sand County Almanac was one of our earliest inspirations for doing so.
Segueing from multiple advanced degrees within the sciences and careers within the health care field, we finally (at last!) have the pleasure of together becoming “old-new” farmers for our encore careers, putting down our roots in the Ann Arbor area as we move to the prevention side of the health care spectrum. By growing healthy food in healthy soil, we hope to create and nourish a healthy community as we begin to live our farm’s vision statement:
“Shaping our future from the ground up”
The term ‘our’ is intentionally very large, beginning with the soil, all critters, and the natural resources within our farm’s stewardship along with our family and then extending to our local community, state, society-at-large, and finally, our planet.
This is the most common question we receive at the various farmers’ markets. The answers are many but simple:
- Garlic adds its own flavor
- Garlic is a flavor enhancer
- Garlic provides multiple health benefits
- The deer do not eat it (yea!)
- Neither do other critters
- Each variety has its unique complexity of flavors
- We sell happiness!