In the Garden Farm was dreamed up in the kitchen of a crumbling shaker era farmhouse in New Lebanon, NY shortly after Amira and I fell in love. I was managing the farm at the Abode of the Message, a Sufi community. Amira was a student at their esoteric school and worked on the farm most days of the week. We knew that we wanted to be together and have a farm, but we just weren’t sure where. Although we did initially look in Austin we also thought about staying in the Hudson Valley; and briefly toyed with Devon in Southwest England where, for a year, I did an MSc in sustainable food production. We relocated to Austin in 2013, and after a couple more years of looking, we finally found the land on Blue Bluff Road that is becoming In the Garden Farm.