I Started a Garden but Built a Farm

This Spring I decided that I’d start a garden. I had a spot on the side of the house that used to be in shade and never grew grass. It became the parking spot for my truck and was the last section I mowed each week. By the time I reached it I was always a sweaty mess and just wanted to be done. Running the mower created a giant dust storm which stuck to my sweat like it was meant to be.

On top of that, I had a tumor removed from my intestines in January that turned out to be a form of cancer called GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor). The cancer is gone, but I’m on a chemotherapy pill called Gleevec for the next 3 years. Don’t get me wrong, as far as chemo goes, this is one to be on. It’s targeted to a specific enzyme that the tumor needs to grow and the side effects aren’t too bad, but it still sucks. It’s a daily reminder of just how bad it could have been. As 37 year old father of 4, I wanted to take more control over what I put in my body, but most importantly I wanted to have more control over what I fed my kids.

I started a ton of seeds inside, bought some grow lights, and started dreaming up my garden. Somewhere in the process I lost my mind and got a little carried away. What started as a garden turned into a farm.

I Started a Garden but Built a Farm was last modified: July 7th, 2012 by Matthew
SHOWHIDE Comments (15)
  1. What a cool project! Good for you for taking care of yourself and your family. Make sure to keep us posted on the garden’s progress.

  2. Very nice. We have a much smaller garden then this – although I’d love a bigger one – just space issues – which also ended up with too many plants and tons of container veggies in addition to our garden plot.

  3. That is awesome! I have wonderful memories of gardening with my folks. Fishing potatoes out as they tipped the ground with a pitchfork, eating tomatoes like an apple straight from the garden and ‘one for me, one for the bucket’ when picking peas. May this garden (I mean farm) bring a new hope, health and bonding to your family.

  4. That is wonderful! I love it! I love to garden and have a very small strip in my backyard….However in that small strip I have managed to put tomatoes, peppers (several different varieties), cucumbers and peanuts….Things are finally starting to take off and I love the excitement…My grandson enjoys helping to water things and it is so great to just walk out the back door and pick something to snack on…Again it looks wonderful and enjoy!

  5. So glad you are doing well. My mom is on that same pill for the next 3 or 5 I’m not sure which.

    Love your new farm. What we put into our bodies and those of our children is so very important to our health.

    Can’t wait to see how your farm continues to grow.

  6. Great! Good for you Matt. That is an awesome task you have taken on! Do you think the boys will be helping? That would make for a great family involved activity!

I Started a Garden but Built a Farm was last modified: July 7th, 2012 by Matthew