Our resident “crow,” Abra the African Raven.
We are forever grateful for all of our dear friends who have shared their wisdom over the years, taught us new skills, and helped us with projects on the farm. It truly takes a community for successful diversified farming and we feel privileged to be a part of our local farming community.
Meet your farmers…
Kevin is a farmer, teacher, writer and web designer. He does a little bit of everything. His favorite aspect of farming is raising hogs. They are such characters, and make chore time interesting every single day. He is also a professional author, whose work includes the critically-acclaimed short story ISOLATION WARD 4. He teaches writing at the Northern Virginia Community College and various libraries around the region. Learn more about his writing and teaching at www.kevingsummers.com.
Rachel learned to love farming while listening to stories her grandparents told of the farms where they grew up. As a child, she began volunteering at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run, a living history museum and working farm, and after graduation went on to join the full-time staff at the Farm. It was there that she realized that people have been growing food for thousands of years without chemical fertilizers, antibiotics and pesticides so why not do it that way now? She also decided early on that a farm is the best place to raise children. Her hero is Ma Ingalls in the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Where does the name originate?
Kevin’s favorite play is Our Town by Thornton Wilder. In the final scene from Act One, George Gibbs and his kid sister, Rebecca, are sitting in his window, looking at the moon on a particularly clear night. Near the end of the scene, Rebecca turns to her brother and says, “I never told you about that letter Jane Crofut got from her minister when she was sick. He wrote Jane a letter and on the envelope the address was like this: It said: “Jane Crofut; The Crofut Farm, Grover’s Corners; Sutton County; New Hampshire; United States of America.”
“What’s funny about that?” asked George.
Rebecca answered with increasing awe. ”Listen, it’s not finished: the United States of America; Continent of North America; Western Hemisphere; the Earth; the Solar System; the Universe; the Mind of God–that’s what it said on the envelope.”
Appropriately, Crowfoot is also the name of the buttercup family of flowers. We maintain areas of these and other wildflowers to encourage native species.