For years William Whittaker toyed with the idea of becoming more self-sufficient in providing food for his family. While living close to an Amish community, he had the opportunity to see how they lived and how they worked and lived off the land by growing their own livestock and crops and using a barter system to get items they did not produce on their own.
With his wife, he decided to start with a small backyard garden, growing a few essential vegetables like tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, and some herbs. As they became more experienced, their garden expanded. He now regularly shares his bounty with his neighbors and extended family members.