In honor of Earth Day, April 22, I would like to honor one of the stewards of our earth and release the first in a new series of photos, New American Gothic.
Tallahassee May has been farming with her husband, Kipp Krusa, and their son, Sawyer on 7 acres west of Nashville since 2003. Their farm, Turnbull Creek, specializes in cut flowers and fresh produce, naturally grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. As co-owner of Fresh Harvest, an online farmers market, she provides vegetables and flowers from Turnbull Creek as well as meats, cheeses, eggs and an assortment of other goodies from local farms that fit the criteria of being sustainably grown, raised or produced.
The talent in family doesn’t stop with Tallahassee. Kipp Krusa is a master luthier, building beautiful custom guitars, like the one he is holding in the photo. Sawyer is just an awesome kid; smart, funny, kind and a budding drummer. When I asked him to hold a tool that he would use in the garden, the only option was the flame weeder, because what 14-year-old boy doesn’t love to “play” with fire in a Mom approved way?
The New American Gothic photo series has been a fun way for me to highlight some of the sustainable farmers in Middle TN. Stay tuned for more, this is just the beginning of what I hope to be a long-term project. Really, it just a good excuse for me to visit other farms and hang out with cool farmers.
Prints from the series will be on display at Toyzini Gallery during the Arts and Ag Tour Memorial Day Weekend.