Well, it's been a while. Clearly I'm not very good at this blogging thing. Turns out, raising a 3 year old and a 1 year old is pretty challenging. But, here I am--trying to dive back in and let folks know what is going on with the farm. Last year, Jonathan was the local foods coordinator in Sparta and worked with the Cooperative Extension office to help other local farmers sell and market their products. While it was only a part time job, it left little time for what he really wanted to be doing on our own farm. He enjoyed meeting local producers and he enjoyed the concept of the job; however, he also felt conflicted.
This position was grant funded and when the grant ended, it was not going to be renewed. So this left us with a big decision. To search for another job or to take the chance on farming FULL TIME. I knew what Jonathan wanted deep down so I supported him and encouraged him to follow his dreams. It is quite terrifying, though. We know we have people here who support us but will it be enough?!
So now here we are in January. We are diving in. We are planning. We are putting things in place to go full force when March arrives.
Chickens have been ordered.
Modifications have been made to our "barn" to make chicken processing easier. (We are planning to process THOUSANDS of birds this year.)
Seeds have been ordered.
Lambs have been born!
And we bought a VAN to transport our produce and poultry to anywhere and everywhere we possibly can.
It's going to be a challenging year but one that I'm sure will be full of so many rewards. We want to change the way food is grown. And we want you to be with us on this ride.