On this rainy morning, Vortigern split the workers into several teams, divvied up the morning's picking assignments and equipped the teams with large plastic bins to hold the harvested vegetables.
The bins were loaded into the back of an old, beat-up pickup that had a leaky awning covering the bed. Several workers piled into the front of the truck with Vortigern. Others sat on the lowered tailgate and everyone else made the short trek to the fields on foot.
After dropping the workers off in the lower fields, Vortigern stopped to get some lettuce before returning to the wash station.
While cleaning the lettuce - which involved dunking the produce into two different sinks before placing it into an old washing machine set on a light spin cycle - Vortigern talked about her family and how she and her husband came to own and operate the farm.
Vortigern said she's no stranger to the back-to-the-land way of living.
Her parents, Larry and Dianna Vogt, were homesteaders - hippies in the truest sense of the word - who built a log cabin in the hills of rural Kentucky near the town of Monticello.
"They both really wanted to be on the land; they really didn't want to be in the city," Vortigern said. "They wanted something different and they sort of demanded it of life."
Twenty years later, after she met her husband at San Diego State University, they decided that her parent's way of life was something worth exploring.
"It took me a long time to circle back to it, to what my parents were doing up on the mountain," she said.
To begin their endeavor, the Vortigerns took an apprenticeship on Backbone Food Farm in Garrett County, Md. There they learned about sustainable practices and the day-to-day realities of living on and operating a farm.
Once their two years of training were complete, they found the property that would become Round Right Farm through the help of a friend. The property had formerly been a portion of a larger sheep and corn farm, but had most recently served as a hay field.
With the right location secured and a practical education under their belts, the Vortigerns rolled up their sleeves and began working to make their dream a reality.
Seven growing seasons later, Round Right Farm is thriving and expanding.
Starting in November, they will begin offering organically finished, grass-fed beef. In the future the Vortigerns hope to include an orchard, perennial berry bushes, dairy cows and pastured poultry.
Although the days are long, hard and sometimes wet, Vortigern said she knows that her family is exactly where they need to be, doing what they're supposed to do.
"It feels like worthwhile, good work. It doesn't feel like at the end of the day you don't know what you did to make your money," she said. "You're adding some value back to the world and that's a good feeling."
To learn more about Round Right Farm, visit www.round rightfarm.com. To read Sunshine's blog, "The Dream of Good Land," visit sunshinevortigern.blogspot.com.
Contact writer Charles Young at charles.yo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.