Yes My Fingernails Are Dirty; No Apologies

Friends Drift Inn Farm – Real Life in Appalachia

Breaking ground springtime in Appalachia

Spring Into Overdrive

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Real Life has been rather chaotic the past few weeks. If I told you who had phoned and emailed, you would not believe it. Exciting times for this mountain girl, but all the distractions has left me in a brain jumble. My hat is askew.

Plowing, it’s a peaceful business. Charlie did not let me play on the tractor today; but that’s alright. Just sinking my fingers in the moist fertile soil was a magical moment of healing and regeneration.

Cousin Sissy walked across the creek bridge to survey our family’s breaking ground ritual. She shared my joy – both of us scooping up the freshly plowed soil shouting “Dirt! Dirt!” and giggling with Spring’s delight.
Breaking ground in Appalachia Spring Gardening Charlie on the tractor

Charlie shook his head in mock disapproval, but he had a broad smile beneath that graying beard. I suppose two crazy women throwing dirt in the air was a sight to behold.

Folks traversing our little road stopped to view the spectacle; but they too shared the joy. We waved and laughed as did they.

When spring shows her face in Appalachia I hear the creek’s giggle and the mountain’s awakening yawn. This has been an easy winter; but even the mildest winters confines my dreams in a cold gray prison.

Let the wild greens be harvested!

Let the cotton skirts be ironed!

Let warmth and happiness reign over the Hillbilly Nation!

I stand in the shadow of the family graveyard as Charlie maneuvers the tractor through our rich sandy soil, the sixth generation of Pinsons to grow here. I let the dirt filter through my fingers considering the possibilities. Up on the hillside, I think the kinfolk will approve.

It’s time to begin the planting season. My fingernails are dirty – but my soul is full of light.

Get out in the garden and share the giggles!

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About Joyce Pinson

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.