So yeah, just ordered all the penning for the goats… most importantly, a goat shepherds hook… I know it’s not super duper practical but I’m the most excited about that item I can’t even being to tell you.
Anyways… We had setbacks with the rain… since there have been 4 rain-free weekends all summer… It’s damp and everything is soggy and hard to work with.
We will be posting some before and progress pictures soon… many a fun things are started.
Mostly I wanted to post how giddy I am to have a wooden hook.
So we’ve been busy… Just not where we wanted to be busy…
This incessant rain washed out a good few places of our half mile long driveway. We had to dig trenches, add pipes, add culverts, add stone, use heavy equipment, and mind the dog and toddler… but it’s drained (better), and should be waaaayyy more manageable for the future.
We will be getting back to land clearing and we still plan to get black truffle spore on Oak and Hazelnut trees come Spring 2019.
On the fun side of things, I’m starting early mock-up of hats. AND running my first chicken paintings.. I’m so jazzed.
Much Love, Jess
So… it’s a list (Yes, it’s nailed to the wall of my kitchen)… of what could think of in 5 minutes that needs fixed, built, finished, or done around the farm.. in no particular order of importance. Starting a farm, on land that isn’t set up to be a farm, without the large scale tools commercial farms have, is pretty darn hard. The mass amount of rain we’ve had has not helped either. It has caused leakage in my brand new roof, ruined ceilings and walls, gave the chickens their own lake (the Golden Girls have not been pleased), and have made Read More
I’ve heard a lot lately about the benefits of crushed volcanic rock, biochar, and trace mineral rock, and I desperately want to start adding it. Right now, obviously, we are broke. I just committed the majority of our credit card to fixing our driveway, so we’ll be roughing it ag-wise for a bit. However, we do plan on buying through Rock Dust Local once things are a bit better.
If anyone wants to give us some rock dust or biochar, our registry (password is password) is here: http://store.rockdustlocal.com/giftregistry_home.asp?action=view&id=701
Check out the site for Rock Dust Local. Seems like a great business model and concept!
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, Read More
I realize that we are complete newbs at this. I’ve felled trees with a handsaw or with an ax in the past. When I was a young buck, I did landscaping to make extra money while I was in school. Now, though, we have acres of land to clear. We bought two new gas chainsaws: a 22″ chinese knockoff and a 16″ Poulan. Both together cost < $300. Both are flaky and hard to start and keep running.
Saturday, I spent more time trying to get the saws started than I actually spent clearing. We did take a little video, which I’ll post. The Jeep came in handy for dragging Read More
I am laying down the first blog post of our farm, which we have dubbed Umami Farms. We closed on the land this spring and have big plans for it. It is a ton of work and we don’t have money for tractors or machinery, fencing, or much of the seed we need. We both have jobs outside of the farm, so we will continue to nurture it and buy what we need for it little by little.
This is going to be a slow venture. We don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars to quit our jobs and buy what we need right away. Instead, this paycheck we might Read More