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We're going on our first full month at the farm and each day we feel more and more empowered to keep moving forward on our journey to provide food for ourselves and others. Going from an apartment, no form of transportation, no land, and basically no ability to do anything for ourselves from start to finish, to having all of the above has taken some getting used to, but it has been very empowering. Of course we haven't done a whole lot yet and we're still settling in, but just being able to get out there each day and tackle different projects, care for a variety of animals, and breathe fresh air at a place you can call home has been a huge step.
Sweetbreads in particular seems to be absorbing the knowledge and responsibility and I'm more and more proud of her everyday. The first moment it hit me was when we were basically forced into milking an ailing doe (Bridget) a couple weeks ago. I wrote about the experience last week on Farm Dreams. It was like a hidden instinct popped out and she knew what to do. Over the past week we've brought on four more goats (two kids, a yearling and a 4yr old doe) and we've dealt with some respiratory issues among some of the chickens that we bought when we first got here. We've built fence, cleared brush piles, met neighbors, fixed plumbing, fixed machinery, framed a room, and so many other things that we never would have done or known how to do if we hadn't moved away from the city and out to the farm.
Simple things like being able to look at a room and knowing how to clear one half and put up a wall really makes you feel like you know how to do something. It probably sounds ridiculous to people that have been doing this their whole lives, but we didn't know how to do much of anything before we moved out here. Driving t-posts was even pretty fun for a while. After about 30 you get a little tired though. I still find those first 4 or 5 pretty fun.
Now that we have some milk (and next week we're getting the garden going) it's really starting to feel great. We'll have our ups and downs and surely the garden won't turn out the way we envision it, but we'll love it all anyway. Even the flourishing garlic next to the roses that we planted in January are enough to get me excited everyday. It just feels so great to see something growing that you planted and that you'll be able to eat in the future. Every time I see a goat out foraging and enjoying a day in the pastures it fills me with joy.
We can't wait for the next month, next year and all the years ahead.
What do you look forward to most for your Farm Dream?
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