What's in a Name?....(Why 3 Porch Farm?)
To Mandy and I, the thought of the South is always deeply entangled with the culture and imagery of the porch. In many ways, porch culture has thinned out a bit in the era of conditioned air, but it is still an inherent part of sounthern culture and history and remains a romantic and charming part of what draws us to the South. A porch, couple a chairs, banjo, a cold drink, fireflies and crickets, lightning in the distance and a slight breeze through the Pecan leaves to cool you ever so slightly or at least take the edge off the summer heat. Beats T.V. anyday.
When we set out to purchase land and start a farm, we had a fairly modest amount of savings to do it with and had prepared ourselves for living in a tent and working the land for quite some time. Somehow, we had the amazing fortune to find a beautiful piece of property that not only had a home we could afford, but it also had 3 porches. A front porch, a back porch and a sleeping porch. We were, and still are, elated. It is a rare day when we use A.C., so a great deal of our non-work life is situated on a porch. Smoothie breaks during the heat of the day, the occasional meal with friends, and that two hours before dusk after the Saturday market in which we gratefully squeeze in a "weekend." Virtually all of our farm planning and appreciation takes place on a porch. We can overlook the expanse of the farm, watch the animals forage, hunt, and play and be inspired enough to step off again and get back to work. For these reasons and a few more, we are 3 Porch Farm.