After years of working on farms, Matthew eventually moved to Maine and then Virginia where he lived near beaches instead of typical farming locations. There, he and his wife started to raise their two children.
After a while, he decided that he wanted to raise his children in the way he was raised—on a farm. After three years of living in Virginia, the family picked up and moved to rural Casey County.
“My kids have lived near the beach their entire life until we moved here,” Matthew said.
Now, he tries to instill some of his love of growing into his children.
“They have two dogwood trees that they are growing, so I am trying to teach them how to do it,” Matthew said. “They also come up and help me plant things in the garden quite a bit. I am trying to pass it on to them.”
For Matthew, he believes learning how to grow your own food is an essential part of life. His advice for anyone wanting to start their own garden is to start small.
“Don’t overwhelm yourself,” he said. “Grow things you know you are going to eat. Be patient with it.”
In the meantime, if you are looking for garden-fresh ingredients, stop by the Bluebird in Stanford.