We’re still alive!

On January 19, 2015 by Shawn

Hey you. It’s been a while. As I look back at the last time I posted (May, 2013), flush with embarrassment, I can only use the excuse that farming is busy work. But we’ve had quite a bit going on in the last 20 (!!) months.


If you take a look over at our “Meet the Animals” page, you’ll notice that we have some new additions to the farm. We’ve scaled back on goats and pigs, ramped up the chickens, added turkeys and cows, and are much happier. A homestead farm is an ever-evolving being, but that’s just how I like it. I couldn’t imagine growing 2,000 acres of soybeans for a living. Blergh!


Speaking of “for a living,” a lot has changed in that realm over the last two years, as well. I lost my job just about a year ago and we decided to take the leap and do farming as more than just an expensive hobby, which is what it was when we first moved here.


But we’ve been doing this whole farming thing as a part of survival now, which is scary and amazing. While we may not have a new car, or a dishwasher, or heck, even an ice maker, we’re able to go out into our backyard and have fresh eggs, chicken, turkey, vegetables, fruits, etc. whenever we want. Food is certainly something we’ll never lack any time soon, and for that, I’m happy. This is what I’ve always envisioned as how I’d live one day. While we’re not fully self-sufficient, I think we’re darn close and we’re getting closer.


So while I look back at the last 3+ years of this little farm experiment, I’m happy to say that it’s the only hard work that I’ve ever loved doing. My friends all think we’re nuts, but we’re having fun and living a truly rewarding lifestyle. Can’t get much better than that.



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