The 11th and 12th generations are returning to revitalize the household residence – Life-style – Burlington County Occasions
CINNAMINSON Fifty years ago, before all the organic farming hype, the Taylor family did this.
My grandmother read Rachel Carson’s book and that was it. She said, “No more pesticides?” ???? remembered Peter Taylor, who with his wife Lily runs the Taylor River Side Farm, an area of 115 acres that extends from the Delaware River to Broad Street.
The book, Silent Spring, ???? published in 1962, alerted about the dangers of overuse of chemicals in agriculture and elsewhere. Sylvia Taylor was among those for whom reading became a life-changing experience.
Last year Peter and Lily Taylor moved from their home near Toronto, where they had lived since they were married 16 years ago. When they arrived with their 9-year-old daughter Abby, the 11th and 12th generations of the Taylor family were living on the farm.
?? We came to revive it, ???? said Lily Taylor. The decision to move was not an easy one. Although Peter Taylor had been familiar with farm life since childhood, it was different and in many ways he felt unprepared.
But the couple loved the farm and devoted themselves to the idea of making nutritious and tasty fruits and vegetables. ?? We are safeguarding the family heritage by reinvigorating the family history, ???? Lily Taylor said. It was time to come back.
Both Taylors knew they had a lot to learn and they smile when they are described as “newbies”. ?? We define our way as we go ???? Lily Taylor said.
Lee Colley supports them and is an integral part of the team. He is a master gardener who is enthusiastic about the variety of cultivated plants. Colley, who lives on the property with his wife Kathleen and their three children, likes to focus on seed saving and the genetics of plant propagation.
The Taylor lima beans are among their most successful crops, and Lily Taylor found out how important they are soon after arriving. You got the list, ???? It contained the names of around 80 loyal customers who wait for the call every summer to inform them that the lima beans are ready.
Taylor vegetables and fruits were the centerpieces of two Farm to Fork events in September. Tables were set up on the lawn and guests enjoyed six-course meals prepared by the chef with freshly picked produce.
The evenings are part of an effort to educate consumers about healthy eating. To this end, part of the property is devoted to a community garden, and Taylor products are available in restaurants in Riverton, Merchantville, and Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia.
The Taylor Wildlife Preserve spans 85 acres of the property. Founded in 1976 by Taylor’s grandparents, it is a haven for more than 180 species of birds.
When the harvest season comes to an end and winter approaches, it is time to plant cover crops like winter wheat and prepare the soil for the next year.