It’s Trotter Times

March 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Its Trotter Time

Farming is coming to Tybee!

with Dicky Trotter

I grew up with my family owning a farm. Most of my life we lived in the big city, but we always had a farm between Columbia and Sumter, S.C. In the beginning we utilized the land for horses because my father thought it a good thing to raise his children showing horses. He believed it would keep us all out of trouble. From the time I was age 5 until about 14, my whole family was into showing horses. My mother showed fine harness, my sister gaited horses. Now,  myself, I was the outcast, only showing Quarter Horses.

Every weekend we were at some small town in S.C., N.C., Georgia or Florida at horse shows. Of course, at a horse show is where I first took a drink of liquor, learned how to play poker, smoked my first cigarette, kissed a girl and lost my virginity. I was in heaven, lol – don’t think his theory worked, but I thought it grand. When we got out of the horse business we turned the 1000 acres into a real working agricultural arm, one Clemson students would be proud of.

We had a huge garden about an acre that every person got to share in the produce that worked or lived on the farm. Both my brother and I got the opportunity to be gentleman farmers and tried our hand at growing corn, soy beans and wheat.  My brother being older tried first, he failed miserably at it. Then 6 years later it was my turn.

Growing up on the farm as a teenager I had done my share of bailing hay for the horses, I have fond memories of the hay loft above the barn (and it ain’t about bailing hay, lol). For some reason I took to farming like a duck to water. Under the direction of the farm manager Bunky, I learned how to cultivate beans, spray herbicides, plow endless acres of dirt, chew tobacco and drive a combine gathering corn and soy beans.

Most importantly, I learned all about the outdoors and an appreciation for it. Matter of fact it didn’t take long for me to drop the work part of farming and I got the privilege of staying in the woods, rivers and swamps every day for the next 10 years. These years I refer to as my retirement years. Eastover reminds me of Tybee in many ways. Good people, small town feeling, kind of Mayberryish – everybody knows your business and loves to talk about it and it was slow – slow in a good way, a way that makes you appreciate the slowness of it all. It’s a quality of life I truly love.

So now, I’m slowly getting to the point of this article namely Tybee is getting ready to have a community garden – a place where you can get your hands dirty, slow down even more, and get back to nature – sow your seeds and reap the awards. It’s an idea that was carried by resident Libby Bundy Bacon and with the help of local volunteers is now happening. The plot is located at the Tybee YMCA between two of the buildings. It will be a dual “Community Garden.” Part of it will be a large communal plot where everyone can participate in one garden, but it will also have individual plots for those who want to plant and work their own.

All gardeners will need to complete an application, there’s a $50 charge, and we’ll have our first official work day on March 13th prior to the Irish Heritage Parade. For more information be sure to contact Karen Kelly at karenontybee@aol.com, or call 912-786- 9719.

Hope to see ya in the field.

Dicky

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