Ya like my title? I thought it was pun-y. There’s actually a collective of individuals that meets up in Portland for InFarmation meetings regarding progressive farm practices. Just in case you thought I came up with it myself.
I’m really tickled by your replies to my last post. It was encouraging if for no other reason than to know that this wild dream isn’t too wild! As I’ve eluded to in other posts, I married a logical and cautious man. SO good for me really, as I would pack my bags and move to Nova Scotia on a whim and then upon arrival realize I had no plan for when I got there! He helps me make my plans into reality so that I can either make steps to get there or realize that maybe I hadn’t thought it through enough.
SO after coercing him into sitting with me night after night to talk through the specifics (picture me hovering over his shoulder like a cat. ‘How bout now. Can we talk about the farm now?’) We settled on the beginning stages of ‘Operation get some mutha cluckin’ property’.
Stage 1: Live within the budget we imagine we will need to hold to after purchase of property. This entails leaving room for disaster and unforeseen circumstances that one doesn’t experience when renting.
Example A) oh. It appears that the floor under the dishwasher is moldy. Or hey, we didn’t notice the roof leaked until we moved in (you can tell we live in the PNW when these are the examples I dream up).
Also under stage 1: Operation Farm; we have some school loans that will be reaching the end of their deferment in a few months, we need to make sure that our budget will suffice to be able to start making payments on those as well. *crossing our fingers that Seth’s work review coming up in a few months will result in a bit of a raise*
And lastly, we decided that it was a good idea if we come up with some savings ourselves, as we realize hoping and praying we’ll have enough donations and prayers isn’t probably the best plan, not that we’re skeptical that we can count on you all… I seriously think it could work, but the voice of reason *cough Seth* thinks it best we have a back up plan.
SIGH. Great big SIGH. I am TERRIBLE at being patient. So in conclusion, it’ll be a few months while we do responsible adult things before moving on to Stage 2: Start exploring properties.
IN the mean time. I am re-organizing our chicken yard situation after reading through this (excellent read for all poultry farmers or aspiring ones) , culling a few of our hens that are not laying regularly, purchasing some new laying hens, as well as a dozen or so Buff Orpingtons to raise as meat birds. I spent yesterday (pictured above) building a make shift chicken roost while we redesign the old chicken coop (Pictures of old coop turned new to come in future posts), I seeded the chicken yard in buckwheat to get some greenery in there and I’ve moved my cold frame to a more optimal place in the yard where it will hopefully get better sun. I’m looking forward to getting some fresh greens planted here soon!
This evening I planted some ginger finding THIS link on Pinterest and I’m looking forward to fresh ginger. Isn’t it funny that we don’t usually think of how things are grown when we buy them from the market?!
And to leave you with, my wonderful man that loves to tease me posted this picture on my Facebook wall yesterday, asking, ‘If we get cows, can we get this kind?’. What he didn’t realize was that this is the breed I’ve been yammering on and on about getting some day. Maybe he IS absorbing all this infarmation after all. (See how I worked that in one last time?)
So if you’re all ‘rallied’ up and rearing to donate, hold yer horses a few more months! I promise I’ll give you an opportunity to get in on this action. But in the words of that super smart man I live with, ‘Lets wait till we are ready to sign the dotted line’.
Blessings of Peace to all your hearts.