The couple behind Good Winde Farms
Hailing from the urban jungles of California, newlyweds Lauren and Peter Wieckowski came to Texas in search of farmland where they could lead a more sustainable, self-sufficient life. They spent close to a year traveling the U.S. in an RV, searching for the place they wanted to set down roots, literally and figuratively. They found it in Georgetown.
Why farming? Lauren: Not many people in California know how to garden, even though it’s the heartland of America. Everything is grown there but mostly on the big commercial farms. I don’t know anybody who really knows how to grow food or raise livestock. And we thought we should.
Peter: Reading about how we’re losing more and more farms in the United States, going through the grocery store and seeing food imported from other countries, worrying about food safety . . . and trying to lessen our dependency on other countries opened my eyes to the need for growing our own food and trying to source things locally.
How does your garden grow? Lauren: We had a plan for a small orchard of pear trees, and we bought a tree without first digging a hole. We got down about six inches before we hit solid limestone. When we asked our neighbor how deep the limestone goes, he said, “Oh, about 300 feet.” We were glad we didn’t buy all the trees at once! We made adjustments to our plan for a garden, which is now raised wicking beds.
Wicking beds have a water-tight liner and gravel underneath that you fill up with water, and the water wicks up into the soil. That saves a lot of water.
Why blog? Peter: We hope more people will take a look at getting into farming, with information that we share, to start their own farm as well.
Advice for novice farmers? Lauren: Just dive in and give it a try. Get one tomato plant and see how it goes. You’ll learn a lot and maybe end up loving it. And those tomatoes you grew yourself will taste amazing compared to anything you’ve ever bought in a store.
“Being able to plant something, watch it grow, and then harvest it is a satisfying feeling. Knowing where your food comes from and how to eat seasonally is a welcome change. But it’s also about learning how to grow food efficiently and offer people more local options for food.”
To follow Lauren and Peter’s farming adventures, check out their blog at www.goodwindefarms.com.
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