I thoroughly enjoyed Anne Raver's New York TImes piece this week on vegetable gardening's sovereign couple: Eliot Coleman, author of among others Four-Season Harvest and Barbara Damrosch, author of among others The Garden Primer.
Coleman, who spent his youth travelling, skiing, rock-climbing, and kayak racing, delighted me particularly because he was drawn to farming for reasons no non-gardener or non-farmer would ever suspect: for the excitement.
"I was an adventurer,” Mr. Coleman said. Farming is still the greatest adventure of his life, he said.
“This mountain doesn’t have a top, and getting there is the fun,” Mr. Coleman said. “Standing on the top is boring as hell, so this has been some 44 years trying to figure out how to get there.”
Amen. Growing food? It never grows old.