Farmer John's Dad, Nelson, passed away in September.
Nelson, or as I sometimes called him on the blog "Farmer Pap", was the driving force of the farm. He was born and raised here. He cared for the farm after his father passed away. He helped John and I purchase the farm after we moved back to West Virginia. He cleared brush for the pastures. He drove the tractor during hay season. He gave us the cattle as a wedding present. He plowed the gardens. And he was fiercely proud of the work we were doing and our plans for the farm.
It has been hard to start moving forward again. However, it's been made easier because we are surrounded by memories of him. The farm is brimming with them. Everyday, with every farm project, we will think of him and remember his love for us and this farm.