Friday, August 10, 2012
We have had an exciting opportunity come to use over the last months. While we are still living in our neighborhood home and slowly building our backyard "farm", we are also investing our time and know-how into a 4-acre farm that friends have moved to over the summer.
Our friends were looking for a place to build a small hobby-farm and start a farmer's market business. I was looking for a way to increase our own self-sufficiency beyond what is possible where we live. My dream has been a larger garden, milk goats, bees and an orchard. My friend's land either has or will have all those things, what they don't have is the extra labor and kitchen know-how. A win-win for both of us!!!
So, along with the wonderful opportunity it has also been a great summer of building community in our neighborhood. Several other families also 'farm' on other land. Some help at family farms and others are like myself and share land with another. Sometimes it seems like food has been flying back and forth across our neighborhood. Visiting with the neighbors has allowed us to discover different talents within our neighborhood. It has been awesome to discover all of this after 14 years living here.
I've really enjoyed this summer and am very excited about this future journey. The kids are thrilled with the idea of a larger area to farm and the goats we will have. They also love my friend's kids and it is like we are becoming one big family.
Our homeschooling journey is about to enter a new dimension as we also add farming to our lives. I will hopefully be able to share all the new and interesting things we do.