From the Editor
WHEN APRIL SHOWERS fall, my spirits soar. Even though my children will make sure the mud room lives up to its name, the rain means it’s time to think about the garden and to make everything I’d imagined over the winter come true.
While my spring dreams entail transplanting daisies to my shade garden and putting a barn quilt on my garage, reader Aranda Vance has something much more ambitious in mind. On page 24, she shares her family’s vision for the land they purchased in Virginia after years of searching. With their two boys in tow, Aranda and her husband are building a farm from the ground up.
It’s a lot of work—something familiar to the folks at the Hermann Farm Museum. Instead of building a farm, they work to preserve one. On page 16, we take you on a road trip to the museum, which gives visitors a glimpse of how Missouri’s first German settlers lived, worked and prospered on the frontier.
Also in this issue, you’ll find an amazing collection of photos depicting the power of water (page 32); photographers Pat and Chuck Blackley show you idyllic landscapes of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia (page 40), and Kevin Weitkamp recounts the day his neighbors rescued his crop (page 54).
May the season of renewal bring you closer to your dreams. Happy spring!
Marija Andric, Editor email@example.com