A Farmgal’s Reflection

By Patti Popp

Farmer Patti Popp instructs a young camper during Unquowa's Summer Farm Camp at Sport Hill Farm. Patti touches the lives of hundreds of children each summer as they visit her farm during this and other hands-on events.

With 2012 almost over & a blanket of snow covers the fields
It’s natures way of letting farmers slow down and reflect over our seasonal yields.
It all began in 2004 with a crazy idea like never before,
leaving the comforts of a 9-5 to growing veggies to keep us alive.
Through misery & tears, nightmares of veggies fed my fears.
Al & I learned together. Reading, hands-on & trial and error.
Diseases, bugs, bunnies and deer abound, no true solution can be found.
Eight years later farming is still my passion and over the years has come more in fashion.
September 15th was a memorable day, for 21 days I had gone away. Surgery for a brain aneurysm had changed my life. I am so thankful to be here as a friend, mom, farmer and wife.
For years I feared our farm would never be known but thanks to the community our tiny farm has grown.
The outpouring of support and prayers were humbling to me.
It’s because of you I’m given the strength to be.
Thank you does not seem enough for those who were with me when times were tough.
Thank you for your continued support of our farm. It’s because of my customers who give it such charm. I am proud to have brought together a wonderful community of friends and will continue to work hard so it doesn’t come to an end.

Wishing you all many blessings in 2013.  Be well.  Best-Patti Popp

Editor’s Note: Patti Popp, along with her husband Al, own Sport Hill Farm,  a treasured organic farm in Easton, CT. Patti recently received a clean bill of health after suffering a brain aneurysm this summer that could have taken her life. Her doctors declared her a medical miracle and we than God for answering our prayers to restore her to full health.

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