ATLANTA, GA (Feb. 28, 2019) – Whole Foods Market will celebrate its 500th location with the opening of its new flagship 70,000 square-foot, multi-level Midtown Atlanta store, located at 22 14th Street NW, at 7 a.m. on Friday, April 5.Feb 28, 2019.
There is a place in Salvisa, Kentucky, where life is quiet but physically demanding. It’s a beautiful farm with a creek that trails through it. A small woods at the back of the pastures, hills and grasses, gardens and trees.
Here we raise sheep. They have a good life, moving from pasture to pasture following the healthiest grass. Some of them have distinguished themselves in the eyes of us humans and have names and stories. There’s an old studly ram named Moocher, and his five henchmen, a flock of about 100 ewes, of which a dozen or so have names, and many, many lambs.
This year we had lambs born January -May. Although that was not what we had planned, it seemed that nature had outfoxed us. There was some broom jumping in the pasture when we weren’t looking. But all the animals are healthy. They call out when they have eaten down the good grass and are ready to move. Then we have a sheep caravan from one place to another, as humans and sheep have been doing since the dawn of time.
We like this work, demanding as it is in some seasons or with some necessary chores. We like belonging to this long history of shepherding. We like the sense of timelessness that life on a farm gives us. It is a peaceful, beautiful way to live.
Yesterday the SARE/NACAA Fellows visited Four Hills Farm. The Fellows are selected by Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents to visit sustainable farms across the country as part of their professional development. We are grateful to Lee Meyer and Sarah Lovett of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture for choosing our farm to visit as part of this program. The Fellows are John Porter, West Virginia Univ., Maud Powell, Oregon State Univ., Nathan Winter, Univ.of Minnesota, Lara Worden, NC State Univ., Marlin Bates, Univ. of Missouri, Bard Burbaugh, Univ. of Florida, Aaron Essex, Washington State Univ., Thomas R. Maloney, Cornell University, and Kentucky’s own Ag and Natural Resource Agents, Keenan Bishop, Franklin County, and P. Wayne Long, Jefferson County. SARE’s mission is “to advance—to the whole of American agriculture—innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education.” Thanks for coming by!