I have always had a passion for gardening and growing my own food from an early age. I guess you can say I like to play in the dirt. My mother’s small backyard garden plot grew a few tomatoes, peppers, lettuce & carrots, the makings of a great salad and the beginning of my mission in life. I started my own organic farm originally on 5 acres in 2008. I wanted to share the earth’s bounty with the world, but knew I’m just a small farmer with BIG DREAMS.
I have spent 30+ years volunteering for various organizations and schools sharing my knowledge of gardening / farming and sustainability with others. Whether it be at the Food Bank of Delaware, First State School, Hosts Reading Program at Wilson Elementary School, setting up gardens at Elkton Middle School or sharing music with youth at my church to name a few, I love to share my time and talents with others.
As I went into the elementary schools for the “Healthy Food for Healthy Kids” program, I realize how important it is for those children to be able to visit a real farm and to be able to see how their food is grown and see animals in their natural habitat. Children’s whole perspective changes when learn about farming or growing food in a garden. It changes their relationship with food, as they tend to see it in a different way. Instilling valuable education in our children, at a young age, will improve their knowledge about the environment and ecosystem. They also learn how to become responsible when it comes to food for future generations
My neighbor, Mrs. Lilian Watkins owned 48 acres of farmland adjacent to mine.
She was a teacher by trade and spent her entire life educating young children,
although had no children of her own with her spouse, Oliver. When Mrs. Watkins
passed away at the ripe old age of 99 years old, I knew I had to rescue that
farmland from potential real-estate enthusiasts to develop the land. The
statistics on how many farms are disappearing each year due to development is
I purchased the farmland this past January and established the “Watkins Farm for Our Future” a Non-Profit 501 (c) 3 in Mrs. Lilian Watkins honor. We are looking to raise funds towards restoring the historical farmhouse (which date back to 1840s) and other historical farm barns & buildings on the property, which are in desperate need of repair. We want to bring the children out of the classrooms and into a natural environment were they can learn about healthy eating and how gardens grow from farm to fork and see a working farm. We are also in the process of creating an educational barn to hold classes on self sufficiency, (something I know Mrs. Watkins was known for) including; how to grow, preserve and prepare food. The farm also intends to offer space for musical education and guest speakers in Holistic Health and Wellness.
Will you contribute to our vision on creating a organic educational center to benefit our tri-state area?
Please send your donation made out to "Watkins Farm for Our Future
Address: Fair Weather Farm at Fairhill
5821 Telegraph Road
Elkton, MD 21921