Meet our family
Taylor Family Greenhouse does not have any employees, we are a very small, backyard operation with one full-timer (myself, Kristy Taylor plant nerd enthusiast), my partner Jessie and our 19 year old daughter, Mia. Jayden is 9 and those tiny little fingers are great at seed collecting and cleaning!
Ode to the Feral Women
My soul is not set fire by being the best home maker but by growing flowers and plants, shoveling dirt, snow or manure, breathing the cold fresh air, letting the sun beat on my face, and tending animals.
It is not that I can not cook and clean, it’s that I desire to be elsewhere.
I’ve struggled with the fact that I am, well, me. I am a feral woman. As much as I wish I could be the sweet and clean home maker, I am not.
I finally made peace with this when I saw a quote circulating around that said,
“the term domestic housewife implies there must be a feral one”
It’s me and other women I know. I am, and we are, feral women.
We may not have perfect houses, but we still make them a home.
We may not clean the dishes right after every meal, but we can sure cook a good one.
The laundry is lagging, but at the end of the day everyone has something clean to wear.
We may not be domesticated, but it does not make us less.
If anything, our strength is found as we carry feed sacks across our shoulders, as we till up dirt to plant gardens, as we end a life to provide food for our families, all while we still carry the softness of a woman.
Here is to the feral women. May we be them, may we know them, may we raise them.
Many of my plants were (and are) propagated from my grandmother's plants, whom I lost several years ago. I spoke to the groundskeeper of Burntshirt Vinyards, who bought their property in Hendersonville, NC, and many of her gardens are still there! My grandfather's gazebo is still standing as well, and they use it for special occasions. I'm grateful so many people can still enjoy it.