We are starting out as farmers with only a small amount of experience and working with a large piece of land that has almost no infrastructure and very few trees. Working with this blank slate, both the land and ourselves, is one of the most exciting parts of this new venture but also the most frustrating. We don’t have a rhythm to our day with set farm chores or an exact idea of what we will produce or how we will sell it to people. What we do have is an enormous amount of ideas, future plans lists and current projects lists, and his and her stacks of farming books to read. I will let you guess which one is mine and which one is his.
Here is a short list of plans we have for the farm-
Reinforce fencing for Sheep Build Sauna
Three new gates to separate paddocks Build High Tunnel for Garden
Finish second Chicken tractor Winter Chickens in Tunnel
Start Turkey tractor Build Barn
Plant late summer veggies Find a breed of Pigs
Amend soil for healthy spring garden Build Pigs a Home
When I make lists one of my favorite parts is crossing off the things I’ve done so I will share with you a couple of the things we have accomplished. We had a work party with friends and planted 75 saplings, Built a Pond and Culvert so we could drive a tractor to the back pastures and for future irrigation plans, and tilled our first garden and planted alfalfa and wild oats in it to enrich the soil.