My drive to the farm included a large, dirt, country road, and everywhere I looked was picturesque and lovely.
After arriving at the farm, I met Megan, the farmer, and started harvesting tomatoes with another volunteer. Arranged in long rows, like you see below, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, okra, basil, melons and rows upon rows of blackberries beckoned.
Megan and her dad added several rows of blackberries after experiencing success growing them the year before. The rows of blackberries slope down to an open field and a pond which they pump water out of to irrigate the crops.
They are hoping to host weddings in this space in the future which will be absolutely gorgeous. The bride would, ideally, walk down between the rows of crops and the blackberries would be closest to the guest seating providing a beautiful (and tasty) backdrop.
I spent most of my time at the farm harvesting produce that Megan sells to local restaurants and at farmers’ markets.
While harvesting, I often ran into interesting insects. I saw orb weaver spiders and bumblebees (as opposed to honey bees) for the first time while volunteering at Pure Land Organic.
At first, it was hard to get up at 6 a.m. on summer days that were meant for sleeping in, but after going a few times I was more eager to jump out of bed!
Pure Land Organic is a beautiful, organic farm with dedicated, passionate farmers! I am so grateful for my experience volunteering and for the produce I got to take home each time!