I've been here in Clayton, specifically on Buttercup Farms for about a month. I've never been the farming type, but it seemed like a great time in my life to try something new and I'd grown up knowing about Buttercup Farms and even visited several times in my youth. I even spent a wonderful summer up here about six years ago. But now I am back and this time I am throwing myself fully into all that the farm has to offer, which is diverse to say the least.
Diverse and different. I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and have spent my entire life, with the exception of a few hobbies and camping trips, nestled in city living, which I adore. But there comes a time when trying something (nearly) completely foreign can be cleansing and truly satisfying; thus my current living situation at Buttercup Farms.
The farm isn't a typical farm in many senses, but there is a strong community feeling here and the many non-profit endeavors Buttercup Farms is involved with provide a plethora of options to partake in.
In my short time here, I've worked with many of the other residents, turned a black thumb green in our organic garden and spent many days working on various projects around the farm. I've worked with the horses, dug ditches, helped to build a shade house and, thanks to our head gardener Gary, learned a great deal about organic gardening.
I traveled over 2,000 miles and got to see a great many national treasures including the Grand Canyon along the way, but its here in the foothills of Mount Diablo where my journey has taken me and I hope to share some of my unique experiences with my new neighbors.