From the Ed­i­tor

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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 mar­ija@coun­

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