lessons learned: in surburban farming, anything can be

Listen to Mustn’ts, child, listen to the Don’ts.
Listen to the Shouldn’ts, the Impossibles, the Won’ts.
Listen to the Never Haves, then listen close to me.
      Anything can happen, child, Anything can be.

~Shel Silverstein, “Listen to the Mustn’ts”

Sometimes, I just sit on my front porch and look out over the small farm I have developed–my senses filled by all that the

growing grace farm at daybreak

Creator and I have grown together on this small piece of suburban property.   I am glad to say that even three  years into it, I can still sit on the same steps. look at the same landscape and feel a sense of awe in what has been created here.

I think I’ve noted before that when I first wanted gardens, people told me that it couldn’t happen.  “Too shady–won’t work!”  “Bad soil–can’t do it.”  “Not enough space–impossible!”  Over time, however, my desires and faith grew too strong to let simple statements stop me, and I journeyed into what has become not simply a passion for homesteading but a way of life.

As time has passed, I’ve continued to receive feedback about how I let my gardens take shape.  “Not enough structure-won’t work!”  “Not enough sun–can’t do it.”  “You want to do what? Impossible!”  My farm personifies how I feel about creation and living in harmony.  Berry bushes are given their space but trimmed a bit so as to respect the space of others.  Veggies intermingle with flowers and herbs in an effort towards  maximizing diversity.  Plants are given the freedom to grow at their own pace, in their own time and with much loving care.

grape leaves

You see, what I’ve learned about the “shouldn’ts,” “can’ts” and “don’ts” is that they only limit the thinker, not the creator (or the Creator, for that matter).  Nature has a way of teaching us that “ordinary miracles” do exist–even in small suburban neighborhoods with lots of shade trees.

Anything can be.

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