Podcast Episode 11: Using Farm-Dreams.com and the Empowerment of Farming

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In this episode we discuss:

  • How to use the farm-dreams.com website;
  • So you "think" you're buying organic...the realities of who owns whom in the organic empire;
  • The empowerment of farming, funding your farm dream and the liberation of learning new skills and independence;
  • Fencing pigs in the woods;
  • Farm marketing and the challenges of operating farm stores; and,
  • other exhilarating chit chat!

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Tags: empowerment, fencing, liberation, marketing, organic, pigs, skills, store

Comment by Okie on April 11, 2012 at 9:19pm

Tim and Liz,

    Thank you so much for your insight in this weeks podcast.  I really enjoyed what you two had to say about the phases you went through in your still rather new farming adventure.  I will be interested to read about the struggles and lessons learned from the aspiring farmers blog in the coming months and years. 

    I am interested in how you adapted to the new challenges because is sounds so much like what my wife and I went through during our experience in the Peace Corps.   The Peace Corps staff tried to prepare us for what they called the 4 phases of cultural adjustment.  There is the first few months of being in a new country, new culture, new everything.  Life is good and you feel on top of the world.  Then you enter into the "dreaded" phase two of cultural adjustment and realize that you are doing everything wrong and look like a complete idiot.  The food is not "normal", you miss your family, you just want a shower.  We felt very alone.  For us it lasted about 7 to 8 months.  This had to be one of the most difficult times of my life.  In the Peace Corps this is when most volunteers drop out and come back home.  At about a year we came out of this dreadful phase and entered into phase three.  Now things start getting better.  Our language skills really began to improve and we started adjusting our behavior to not offend the culture we were living.  You also start learning how much you love the country and culture that caused you so much difficulty.  Without even knowing it you enter into phase four.  This is were you unconsciously become a member of that culture.  Without thinking, you speak the language, celebrate the holidays; you have become a new person. We had no idea how much we had changed until we came home and had to start all over again and readjust to America. 

Thanks again for the podcast.  I look forward to hearing what your views and opinions are on all these topics.  Please keep it up. 


Comment by NHF on April 12, 2012 at 8:45am

Hi Craig - It sure does sound similar.  The honeymoon phase on the farm for us was feeling so great about all of the new skills we were learning and spending time in awe of the animals around us.  It didn't take long though to realize there was so much that we didn't know or couldn't do.  For us, the way to deal with it was to meet the challenges head on.  Never back down, but just tell yourself you'll figure it out.  As the time came we always surprised ourselves at how we did figure most of it out!  It gives you the confidence to keep going.  We read books, attended conferences, read a ton online, and asked neighbors for help with fixing mechanical things, etc.  Of course, we also made a lot of mistakes, but knew we had learned from them and vowed not to do it again which made it easier to take.  I remember saying more than once, "Well, now I know not to do that again!"

We also felt the burden of work and have dealt (are dealing) with that by constantly reminding ourselves what our priorities are and seeking that balance.  At one point we even sat down and made a list and hung it up so that we could remember why we moved out here and what we wanted our lives to be.  It sounds silly, but it included simple things that we had lost due to the amount of work we were doing such as "actually know when there is a national holiday"!  We started putting some unspoken rules on each other like we must come in to eat supper at 7 pm every night and made a habit of watching Sunday Morning on TV just to force ourselves to take a day a week to start slowly with a cup of coffee.  At first we had to pull each other in these directions with...um gentle reminders, but before long we began to get into a routine and better at setting priorities of what actually had to be done vs. what could be done tomorrow.  By prioritizing our life we have realized where our focus should be on the farm and we will continue to work towards that balance...still reminding each other to stop work and eat something!  

We've been farming for just over 4 years now and this the first year that we are feeling totally comfortable.  There's always more to do and more to learn, but it's easy now to relish in the hard work and get excited about new challenges.  It has become our way of life and we have found that we don't want to change it.  The idea of relaxing on a beach doesn't sound intriguing any more!  Any time we have to travel to the city or something it probably feels similar to what you felt when readjusting back to America!  It's a foreign land now.  

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