Wholeness comes first. Joy. Community. A respect for the holistic health of people, animals, soil, wildlife. An awareness of our call to stewardship of this created world. That's the goal, the ideal. We want to paint a new picture of what that could look like, and then aim toward making that the new normal. Our approach is to slowly, grass-roots style, change a culture.
And also (and this is hard to type!) we are taking an honest look at living the day-to-day that is moving too fast, asking too much, creating a dependence on quick solutions to immediate problems. Truth is, sometimes McDonald's is the best we can manage. And, community comes first; loving our neighbor in the here-and-now is the more immediate call on our lives. We're not giving up our tradition of Domino's pizza after a football game. Not everyone that we love and respect and cherish relationships with will care to participate in this move toward a culture shift, especially if the focus is just the food we put in our mouths. There ARE more important things and we never want to forget to honor them. Wholeness is more than, deeper than, what you eat. We want to explore that.
Our approach, then, is living in the balance. Loving our neighbor.
In December of 2011, after a period of loss and then miraculous provision, our family of six found ourselves in possession of a very needy house on a 1/3 acre flood irrigated lot in Phoenix's central corridor.
A period of adjustment followed. In that time Julie was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, stimulating more adjustments and a lot of soul searching about what a healthy lifestyle could look like with both new limitations and new opportunities. We strongly believed that a good God was using these circumstances to lead us in a new direction. Prayer, several books that serendipitously came our way, and Julie's own childhood background in permaculture living slowly guided us into creating Desert Song Urban Farm.
We began with a flower and herb garden, then a larger vegetable garden. Chickens were next; then a second vegetable garden. Fruit trees have come and (sadly) sometimes gone. We added Nubian goats in 2014, and then ducks in 2017.
In getting to know our neighborhood, we began to see the incredible potential for interdependent community sustainability--potential for a responsible and joyful food culture that extends beyond limitations of our own independent self sufficiency. And in these short years here we've seen the tiniest baby steps toward realizing that dream.
Currently we are balancing the very busy lives of a high school teacher, three teenagers, a nearby college student, and all the demands of urban living. It means that the farm develops slowly, in between the time and money cracks of everyday living.
We are loving the journey.
Meet the Sings
We are: A homeschool mom, a Title 1 public school teacher, a community garden manager, a couple of guitar-playing worship leaders; football players, ballet dancers, students, babysitters, furniture movers, Young Lifers, Sunday school helpers, piano players. We share one bathroom and surprisingly get along pretty well, considering. We are also: Nubian goats and egg-laying chickens and ducks and a really really great dog.
Follow along as we share our journey.