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If you’ve been following along with me for awhile, you may remember the Farm to Table Project.  In 2013 I documented the growing season of Rhizosphere Farm, a small organic farm at the time, located in eastern Nebraska.  At the end of that season, farmers Matt and Terra Hall, took a year off to find a permanent home and land so they could further pursue their dreams of sustainable farming and feeding their community.

After a lengthy search, a permanent home for the farm was found in Missouri Valley, Iowa.  The 2014 growing season started off beautifully, and the first time I visited the farm’s new location I was in awe of the bounty in the fields.  Matt and Terra, along with their assistants Nick and Jackie had the farm looking like they had been there for years, instead of months.

Rhizosphere Farm

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It’s hard to believe it was just 7 months ago, I pulled into the drive at the farm for the first time.  I had no idea what to expect, or where this project might take me.  The pages of my idea notebook were filled with shots I wanted to get, questions to ask and things to observe for.  In just a couple of visits I had crossed everything off those shot lists.  All that was left to do was to be open to the experience that lay before me; to take in the details of each visit, the knowledge offered by Terra, Matt and Max and the beauty of the fields as the season wore on.

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There’s been a crispness to the air this week.  The mornings are calling for sweatshirts and a cup of warm tea.  Hints of fall are starting to show up in the fields at the farm as well.  Cool weather veggies like greens, radishes, beets and carrots are making a return to the field.  Leeks are being harvested.  Pumpkins and winter squash have been picked.  The tomato trellises are heavy with fruit not quite ready to yield to autumn’s arrival.  There is still plenty of work to be done in the fields, but the pace is a bit slower.  Only a few weeks left of CSA and there’s talk of plans for next years’ planting, all after a much deserved vacation when the season comes to a close.

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Saturday morning I snagged my youngest boy and headed down to the farmers’ market.  We left early, and found ourselves downtown just minutes after the ringing bell that signals the start of the market.  Crowds are thinner at the fall markets.  I suppose cooler mornings and the upswing of football game days and other fall activities leaves folks less time to make the trip.

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