The Blue Ridge Mountains, steeped in history and hard working people, is a special place. It is our privilege to live here part of the year and in doing so, we have seen the beauties of the land and its people. My recent book, Old Timers of the Blue Ridge and More, is a collection of stories behind generations of families who have worked the land and farmed the fields. The fog rolls in over the mountains from North Carolina into Virginia. It is a silent mist that cools the summers and brings the breeze that is felt daily.
Below is a video that I have produced with many of the photographs that I have taken of these wonderful mountains in the years that we have been here. I hope the sights and peaceful sounds will fill your day with God’s love and joy.
Even now, in early August, the fields are ready for a summer harvest and the corn is growing high. The peach juice drips down the chin with every bite. The aroma of peach pie baking in the oven is in the air.
The migrant workers, along with the farm owners, work late into the night to harvest and package the produce, moving it on to our groceries far down the mountain. The rumble of the tractors and the rhythm of the trucks pass our house as they move on to the Painter warehouse, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, to be processed.
Take the winding road down the mountain until you find acres and acres of apples, peaches and more at the Harold Orchards in Ararat, Virginia. They have been farming this orchard for generations. H.C. told me that without the workers who come in from Mexico, his business would go under. Many of these workers come year after year to bring in the harvest.
It is our privilege to honor these hard-working farmers who produce the crops of corn, cabbage, broccoli, apples, peaches and much more. Without them or the workers they hire, our grocery stores would be dependent on foreign providers.
Thank you, Gentlemen. You are the best!
VIDEO: BLUE RIDGE: Photographed and produced by N.W. Boyer (All rights reserved).
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credits: music “On Golden Pond”
Many of us have seen Shark Tank, the program where investors interview a person who believes that they have invented something great for the market and the economy. Perhaps this particular program, that I’m sharing with my readers today, will not only share a great idea for all tree farmers but the heart of one man who cares about the hard working people of the world. He wants to produce and afford his product…but also wants the farmer to be able to afford it.
(Below: Florida Orange Trees, Apple Trees, Pecan Trees)
When my husband and I were at our house in VA during the Fall and harvest season, we were greatly impressed with the long…long…hours that the farmers and their workers spent all day and late into the night getting their products to market. Their trucks, laden down with cabbage, pumpkins, broccoli, apples, and much more rolled endlessly down the road. Time was at an essence. If they had survived the weather, they now had to be certain the crops did not rot in the fields. Many of these people went back generations in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. Farming is what they know and that hard work has its rewards. Farmers are also concerned about droughts, pests, hurricanes and freezes. Their bottom line is greatly effected by all of these as well as their expense for fertilizers, power, equipment and water to grow their trees and plants.
Now, I am happy to share with you Arcadia, Florida farmer, Johnny Georges’ request for help from the Shark Tank investors to share his water conservation invention, the Tree T-Pee. (and his new partner from Shark Tank, John Paul DeJoria)
Johnny is especially interested in this to be available to the farmers who grow trees of every kind. This is an emotional request that clearly shows his love for the environment, hard-working people and his Father who taught him “Nobody owes you nothing. Life is what you make it.”
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