Field Note: A Special Place in My Heart

The following reflection was written by a survivor of intimate partner abuse participating in our farm stipend program:

My time here at GreenHouse17 is coming to an end.  I’m really happy to be moving on, but it’s very bittersweet.  I’ll miss this place, the women that I’ve met along the way, the support I’ve had from all the staff, and mostly the garden.  I’ll miss all the cats and the horses.

I had gotten into a routine, and I was just starting to get comfortable.  I wake up early, get my coffee, sit on the back porch and watch the sun come up and then get ready for work.

“I can take what I’ve learned and use it for the rest of my life.”

No matter what I’m doing in the garden, I love it all.

The weeding, planting, and harvesting are my favorite and most rewarding.  It’s been so great to see the vegetables growing especially, the tomatoes and apples and the flowers. I’ve learned a lot about flowers, herbs, and just random stuff.

I can take what I’ve learned and use it for the rest of my life and I’m so grateful for everything and everyone in it. It will always have a special place in my heart…

About the Author:

GreenHouse17 is a nonprofit advocacy organization committed to ending intimate partner abuse in families and the community. Serving 17 counties in central Kentucky. Nurturing lives harmed by intimate partner abuse.


  1. Vickie Crabtree February 28, 2018 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Hi, this is Vickie Crabtree from Beattyville, KY. I know you are very busy but can I please come visit your high tunnel. We have spoken on several occasions at the Mayfest event. I really need advise.

    • GreenHouse17 February 28, 2018 at 10:55 am - Reply

      Hi Vickie! We’ll send you an email to find a good date!

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