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Farm Fresh in New Milford CT, A Worthy Project For All

Corn fieldKim was looking for a field to plant and a way to teach her children all about farm life, Chick was looking for help on the farm. Perfect match you say? Yes indeed, couldn't be better. But they didn't know each other.

Chick has 5 acres on one side of his farm that he grows corn for silage on. He calls this 5 acres "The Ponderosa", and he loves looking out from his kitchen window at the corn.  Now he doesn't need as much corn as he used to. He had to stop shipping milk last summer and sold the majority of the milking cows due to his health. He still has cows, even still milks a few, but since the cow population is way down he doesn't need as much corn silage.

Kim grew up on a farm, and she also has eight children that she home schools! Feeding eight children from the grocery store is very expensive, especially for fresh items. She really wanted to have a garden this year, and was thinking about having one in her own yard.

That's where I come in. Kim's husband is my Sprint dealer. I was in his store getting a new phone, and he saw my cows picture I had as wallpaper on my phone. He was very curious so I told him about the farm, and from there things just grew and grew. His oldest son Elliott now works with us on the farm almost every day. But that is not the whole story.

I stopped in one day at his store to tell him just how much we appreciated his son at the farm. There were lots of customers in his store that afternoon, and only he was there, so while I was waiting for him to be free I started talking to a woman who is the director for a non profit type of organization, connected with a church diocese. She was talking to me about how hard her job was these days with the economy in the toilet, and I started to think that maybe we could somehow help.
Farm Fresh Sign

So, I put Kim and Chick together on the garden idea. I was thinking about more than a garden, I was hoping it
might help people who were unable to afford fresh produce. Kim and Chick agreed.  Kim is trying to form a co-op of sorts, looking for people who will help her take care of the garden in exchange for fresh produce.

The co-op is still in it's planning stages. The seed has been ordered, the field will be plowed in the next few days. Kim has it all drawn out, she will plant about one half of the field, which has the potential to feed over 200 people. Chick will plant sweet corn on the rest.

A match made in heaven? Time will tell. Kim has agreed to plant sweet potatoes, which makes me happy as can be.

If you are interested in helping, give me a call. I will put you in touch with Kim. She is working on a "My Space" page for her project which she told me will feature pictures of her progress, and information on how to get in touch with her.

I think it's a win win situation all the way around. And for me, well, I love sweet potatoes, tomatoes, fresh produce in general!

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

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Comment balloon 8 commentsAndrea Swiedler • March 29 2009 08:32PM


Andrea, there is ALWAYS a need for farm fresh veggies. Everyone loves them over the store stuff. Good luck with it and keep us posted. I'd buy some of everything you had if I was nearby.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago
Andrea - What a cool thing! Great job. Keep me posted how this works.
Posted by Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake (Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho) over 11 years ago

Hi Andrea—Isn't it wonderful to help people find a way to be beneficial for one another. Fresh produce is always good, but when shared with families in need it's even better. Please do keep us in the loop as the garden develops. If I were there I'd certainly be helping to plant and harvest. Thanks and have a great week!

Posted by Linda Bourgault (lulugraphix-creative photography & fine art) over 11 years ago

Andrea, I love it when we can help many people fot the greater good! You ROCK!!

I love veggies, they are soooo colorful! And good to eat and good for us!!

Posted by Caren Wallace, Portland Caren Real Estate (Premier Property Group LLC) over 11 years ago

Gary, will keep you posted. Right out of the garden is better than store stuff for sure. If you were close by I would deliver!

Kent, will certainly do that! Thanks.

Linda, hi there. It is great to put people together, I love doing that. I hope we can reach people who really need it because there are a whole lot of people in need.

Caren, thank you. Veggies do rock, in many ways! LOL.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 11 years ago

"Farm Fresh" - sounds good, right now.  Our farmer's markets don't get started here until about mid-June.  Can't wait!

Posted by Mike Hendren (Mike Hendren Photography) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike, I know, it really does sound good to me too. I am so tired of those nasty tomatoes from the store, and the small cucumbers, etc. I am looking forward to seeing the field planted, and watching everything grow.

Have a great day!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 11 years ago

Andrea, now that is a great match!  And it's so great for your friend's children - most kids grow up thinking food is something you buy at the supmarket! 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 11 years ago