12 days ago
My entire world changed a few years ago when out of nowhere something sparked my interest and I found out that I LOVE farming. I started volunteering at community gardens, working on farms, selling at the farmers markets. It was breath taking and I wasn’t mad when I had to wake up very early to drive to the farm, pick up the truck and bring the produce to sell at the market. So for the last year while I’ve stayed at home I’ve told myself, I want to start a farm. I want to be a farmer. I have immersed myself into the world of farmers, listened to their highs and lows of running a business, the challenges they face every year. I’ve listened to all sorts of podcasts, really love The Farmers Beet @thefarmersguild and Thriving Farmer podcast) as well as numerous books about business and farming. Sometimes I get a little down though because I haven’t found my forever home/location yet and I don’t know when that will be or where. And by the time I figure that out I’ll need to do research for that new state and look up water rights, farming rules, soil health, finding land, cottage law vs canning law, health department rules and not being that over excited person who wants to grow all the things and finding an enterprise or just a couple of things I want to focus on. It’s hard to do that when my mind is so creative and wants to try or do so many other things. Not to mention starting out as a first generation farmer is REALLY EXPENSIVE. It makes me nervous that I might not be able to get that opportunity. But I’m trying my best to make this dream become something. I’m excited that I’ll be returning back to doing some harvesting once a week again, and I’m excited/scared for what my future will look like for myself, and for my little family. This past month has been so eye opening for me, that change is going to happen soon, and when it does we are going to hit the ground running with it.
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