Fulfill

When our to do lists started to need spread sheets because there are lists within lists, I could almost start to feel the ice melt and the grass begin to peak through the snow in anticipation of spring. It’s a mix of excitement and worry. I know we can grow vegetables, but will we be able to grow on such a large scale and with such different growing conditions than what we are used to? I know we can produce large eggs with rich orange yolks, but will we find a market for them all and will our plans for a new chicken tractor work out? The possibility that we will get grants for irrigation and fencing are looking promising but will we be able to juggle all of the work that goes into those kind of projects on top of our daily farm chores? Will we get the rest of the fencing done before the lambs arrive? The question marks are endless. Luckily we have a couple of distractions in the form of puppies who are spending an increasing amount of time together now that the weather is slightly warmer than last week when it dipped down below 10 degrees several mornings in a row. I really can’t get enough of watching Bella run at Lulu full steam, sometimes jumping on her head, and Lulu wrestling or batting at her with her giant paws with just the right amount of gentleness as to not hurt her.

Bella and Lulu 1

Bella and Lulu 2

A couple other distractions have been talking to a graphic designer about a logo for the farm and interviews for our farm internship. Both things have let us step back from our lists and all the small decisions that need to be made in the next couple of months and look at big picture ideas. Why are we doing this? It’s definitely not to get rich or to fulfill some lifetime dream of living on a farm, although we are enjoying that part of it. It’s really all about feeding people and feeding them the same kind of food we want for ourselves. The most nutrient rich food possible that enriches the earth and doesn’t just deplete it’s resources.

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It’s a pretty gutsy move to think we could do this without much experience but if not now, when? We could spend years working on other peoples farms to learn and make the mistakes that we will make on our own farm. It might be a less painful proposition but it would be less time that we would be getting to know our piece of land. Less time to watch our tiny orchard of apple, pear, and peach trees grow.

Bella and Ewe

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7 thoughts on “Fulfill

  1. I know we aren’t much help in a literal sense, but we are here for you for lots of moral support and any other way we can help you guys make your farm successful! So proud of you guys and so thankful to know people who are willing to make a difference.

  2. I loved this blog and the pictures are beyond adorable; I can’t wait to meet Bella. You will do great, love to all my farm famiy, Mom Cox

    • The chickens are doing well, we get 12-16 eggs a day from our 24 Bard rocks and we usually haven’t gotten that many in the winter time. We put a thermometer in the hoop house and it doesn’t get above 50 degrees on even the sunniest day. As soon as the snow and ice melt we will be moving them back out on to grass. Crossing my fingers that will be soon. Excited to see your plans for the upcoming year.

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