Jess here. 🙂
So this has been an epic whirlwind of an adventure. Not only did we buy this land with the intent of farming, we bought this land as our family home. So I am trying to fix up the house on the land, we are clearing it, planting it, testing it, making makeshift farm equipment, and the list goes on. I know about planting trees and gardens but I’m used to planting things on a lawn.
This is one of those things that super exciting and completely overwhelming all at the same time. I’m still learning how to divide and manage my time. I’ve got home duties, farm duties, family duties, and work duties. Both Art and I work full time outside of the farm and in the end, we really have one good day to be super farm duties productive.
What this all boils down to is the fact that I (maybe we) had been woefully unprepared for what having a working farm actually entails.
Who knew I’d be working on logos on my lunch break. Hanging up shoe hooks when my baby has gone to bed. Felling trees before she wakes up. Cleaning in the house while listening to podcasts of other farmers and enjoying them (I used to hate podcasts) before everyone is up. I daydream about getting out of work early so I can go to the farm. I dream about the time the farm is making enough money that I don’t have to work off of the farm.
There isn’t a point to this post other than, holy crow, what have we gotten ourselves into. I needed to express that. I’m excited as we are almost ready to shop for goats and bring them to the farm. Vi wants bunnies (and what the 2-year-old wants.. haha) and since she’s very good at caring for her chickens we are looking into that. We want to get a few orders of straight run chicks to help with bugs… but all of this requires more work.
I am (still) learning that life is not an episode of HGTV. It isn’t all finished and ready to go in an hour. I’m also not nearly as eloquent as my husband in blog posts but I’ll be adding photos, videos, and my recipes.
Leave you thinking.. how do you find or create balance in life?