John and Gretchen

Alico, a photo by Carlton Ward Photography on Flickr.

My cousin, John Ward, and his wife Gretchen peer out over pastures near Devil's Garden. They have been growing cattle and vegetables on their J Seven Ranch in Hendry County for most of their lives. Just north of Big Cypress National Preserve, their home is deep in the Florida frontier. The closest chain grocery store is either in Ft. Lauderdale or Naples, each more than an hour away.