The Garden

Angelique Robinson, Web Editor

The following is a work of fiction, all similarities between indviduals or corporations are all coincidents. This is not based on true events.


In Riverside, California the legacy of the Parker family has preserved since the founding of the city. The family is famous for providing the city with locally sourced produce. Beau Parker controls the family legacy.

Beau has a beautiful and kind wife, Molly. The two met 17 years ago at 18 years-old and married nine years ago at 26 years-old. Together they have a son and a daughter, who will be raised to care for the farm the way their ancestors had in the past.

Beau’s day begins at 6 a.m, as he begins tending to the animals. From the barn’s central control room Beau sets the feeders to release feed mixes for the chickens, pigs and goats. Then he makes sure the cattle and horses are grazing as he milks the three cows.

After completing his early morning chores, Beau checks the mail, then returns to the house to have breakfast with his family.

As Beau flips through the mail, he passes bills, advertisements and coupons but the final envelope is from Ellison Wood, a name Beau had grown to despise. For the last five years, Ellison has tried to buy the farm from Beau.

Ellison Wood is the CEO and majority shareholder in Wood Inc. and wants to buy the land the farm sits on. 

The farm rests at the center of the city, it is surrounded by sky-high buildings and highways that create a perpetual smog. The land is valuable but not worth selling in the eyes of the Parker family.

Despite the grey atmosphere of the urban city, the smog is unable to penetrate the farm. The air is always crisp, clean and fresh with the smell of soil, fruits and natural fertilizer. The smell reminds Beau of what the farm means to him: home. He grew up in the same house he is raising his children in.

Beau enters the house and walks to the kitchen where Molly sits feeding their daughter. He throws away the advertisements, puts the coupons on the counter, puts the bills where he will sit and hands the letter from Ellison Wood to Molly.

“When will this woman quit?” Beau asks his wife.

“Have you ever sent her a formal rejection?” She gives him a knowing look.

“I’ll read the offer and then respond, it would be rude not to address her offer in the rejection letter.”

Beau opens the letter and reads it to Molly:

To the Parker family,

I know I have contacted you about the acquisition of your land previously, but as those inquiries have not elicited a response, I feel inclined to contact you again.

I would like to buy the land the Parker Farm rests on, this includes the land the barn and home rest on. If this land is acquired it will be converted into a new headquarters in addition to a new parking garage

I would like to offer your family five million dollars for the land. It would cover the cost of your current land, a new home and proper transportation for the animals to a rural area.

As a member of this city, I appreciate the hard work the Parker family has put in to provide nourishment to the people of Riverside and I hope using new urban farming techniques your family will continue to do so from a new facility.

I would like to hear from your family soon in regards to my offer. I hope we can benefit each other.

Best wishes,

Ellison Wood

C.E.O. 

Woods Inc.

“Can you believe the nerve of that woman! How dare she insult the family legacy?!”

“I understand your frustration but not in front of the kids. Just reply with clear intent that you have no interest in selling your family legacy.”

“You’re right. I am sorry for yelling in front of you guys. I am going to take a walk around the field to clear my head.” 

He gives Molly a quick kiss, and kisses each child on the forehead. He exits the house to go to the fields. In the fields a variety of fruits and vegetables are growing. When he was a young boy his father always taught him that the field was the best place to clear your head.

His father would say, “The fields are the garden of the farm. God couldn’t take Eden from Adam and Eve and no one will ever take this from you.”