Chris and Heather on a church hayride, fall 2018
We Love to Eat
Allow me to introduce our family. We are the DiCicco’s (dee-cheek-oh). Yes, that’s Italian, and as you may know, Italians love to eat! I grew up eating my grandmother’s home cooked meals which came from the gardens she grew. Some of the best food memories of my life came from her garden. The food was always home-grown, freshly picked and prepared with lots of love! These experiences developed a passion in me to grow food to share with others.
Enter my burgeoning family, my wife Heather, sons Rylan, Asher and Hawke. For 11 years we lived on a small city lot in Benton Harbor, MI where we were able to employ a method of growing produce for our family. This method incorporated biological diversity, while maximizing production on an extremely small scale (micro-farming). Over the course of a growing season we were able to eat at least three things from our yard at nearly every meal.
This is us mid-summer 2017 (on the left), Chris, Rylan, Heather, Hawke and Asher, with Justin and Rebecca Rhodes, YouTubers on “The Great American Farm Tour,” and an adorable little photo-bomber (far right).
This represents the mid-summer garden in our former backyard at 537 Columbus Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.
August 2011(Derek Richmond)