Our son, Josh, offered to take us to his workplace. The day turned out to be a little twist on the usual “Take Your Child To Work” day.
We drove to the Cully Neighborhood of Portland, Oregon and there, tucked behind a church parking lot, was a one-acre urban farm, owned by Matt Gordon. Josh met us as soon as we arrived and gave us a tour. Pole bean plants climbed up the corn stalks. Sudan grass sprouted in rows to enrich the soil when it will eventually be turned under. Josh apologized for the weeds in the carrot bed. (Don’t worry, Josh, your parents won’t take you to task for that.)
Josh has taken us on many farm tours over the years. We’ve heard him lecture on healthy soil. We read his book with great interest. How did our son grow into this mature, knowledgeable professional? As parents, visiting our grown up child at work was more than gratifying.
As with any job, the challenges of farming are tremendous: pest control, enriching soil, bad weather, controlling water and labor costs…. It requires creativity and persistence. Josh has what it takes. He loves what he does, and we couldn’t be happier.