If she were to remember a love just right and one that has been with her forever, it would be the love of working the soil: smelling, digging and finding solace in the ground and what comes from it.Suzy Maynard grew up in Yosemite Valley, where she found the freedom of the world outdoors. There she immersed herself in the mountains, the clear running river and the native plants surrounding her. This environment provided comfort. She reflects that the beauty of the changing seasons and watching plants grow and bloom in natural gardens influenced her choice to make farming her profession.
Maynard still is surrounding herself with the beauty of nature, one she brings forth masterfully at Clear Water Farm.
Twenty-two years ago, she found land outside of Hesperus with free-flowing water and did what came easily and seemed just right: making gardens wherever there was a clearing on the land; improving the soil; planting flowers, vegetables and herbs that benefit each other; planting cover crops to replenish the soil; and making sure all methods were organically and consciously done.
She meets the challenges of a short growing season and living on a small income by practicing patience and living simply, taking care to keep prices affordable for her customers.
She sees herself always growing food and flowers, and has great appreciation for the community that supports her doing what she loves most.
Maynard extends the growing season by working through the winter months making handmade soaps, willow furniture and painting. She enjoys the process of choosing seeds in anticipation of planting, and eventually harvesting and sharing. To Maynard, it seems just right.
Find Clear Water Farm products at the Durango Farmers Market and seasonally at the Cyprus Café, Kennebec Café, Seasons, Durango Natural Foods and Nature's Oasis.
Marje Cristol owns Linnaea Farm in Durango and sells cut flowers and goat-milk cheeses. She also serves on the Durango Farmers Market board.
Reach her at 946-2712 or marje@LinnaeaFarm.com.