Sunshine and Steve Vortigern left positions as adjunct professors to pursue a different lifestyle. Ten years ago, they purchased 41 hilly acres in Terra Alta, WV to start their own farm. Today they supply about 300 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) members, a few restaurants and markets with carrots, spinach, kale, radishes, and more. They have three children, two apprentices, and three full time employees.
'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come 'round right.
- Elder Joseph Brackett Jr
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