This special time of enjoying Birmingham has come about due to Rocky doing a Fellowship in MOHs Dermatological surgery. To me, one of the most intriguing details of this fellowship is that the MOHs Fellowship Director and surgeon founded New Water Farms.  It is a working farm and faith retreat. New Water is located on 22 acres of beautiful waterfront on Lake Martin in Dadeville, AL.  It is a place where people are spiritually refreshed through coming to organized retreat weekends and enjoying all the farm has to offer. 

Arts and creativity are highly valued by the organization and in turn, artisans come to New Water to teach and develop their crafts. It is a place for weddings, special occasions and company retreats. “At New Water, we believe that we have the opportunity to create and enjoy art because we are made in the image of the Creator. Because of that, we do our best to celebrate every medium of art. Join us at the farm to see blacksmithing, glassblowing, woodworking, painting, and more!”

The working Farm and its harvests fund this non profit organization. Located on a peninsula overlooking Lake Martin, there are crops, orchards, vines and hives. What is produced goes to farmers markets such as the well known Pepperplace Market, CSA boxes, online orders, gift baskets and to feed those that come to the retreats at New Water. 

We went today to help out with weeding the different gardens and the Asian persimmon orchard. You can see the water and the open air chapel in the background. 

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We had the chance to try the honey and pickled vegetables from the farm. Amazing!