In the early 70’s my grandparents Jackson (Pabbles) and Opal Odessa purchased a family plot of land in the hills of Appalachia. For many years the land was used to raise aunts, uncles, and cousins while producing tobacco crop. Farming in the hills ceased well over a decade ago and the fields remained barren.
I don’t have many memories of grandma Opal, though I hear she made a stellar cobbler. However, to this day I can recall following, and watching my own daughter follow, in Pabbles shadow as he strolled the farm. His strolls would last hours as he paused many times to smell, and on occasion even take a nibble of, the few flowers growing along the creek bank. He had a deep love for nature and made a positive impact on the lives of many.
Pabbles, thank you for planting the white and lavender Rose of Sharon trees that contributed to our first cut from the farm. We hope you enjoy watching over the revitalization and the flowers blooming on the gift of land you provided. #EmbraceTheJourney #Odessahillsfarm #farmrevitilization