There comes a time in our young poultry’s lives where they must make the transition from being human-raised babies to becoming the fowl that they’re meant to be. That time arrived recently, when the last of this season’s ganders, Eddie, Alex, and Wolfie, joined the Pilgrim gaggle.Continue reading “Farm Fowl: The Year’s Final Gosling Integration”
You may be wondering why I haven’t posted anything this week, and I want to end any speculation that I might be on vacation. As if. I was running the farm solo this week while Mr. fMf was at
spring break an offsite conference, and let’s just say that my mettle has definitely been tested.
“F” that, indeed! I never fail to amaze myself with unexpected optimism; for example, hoping that the water hose will work during a cold snap. With this hope, however, comes the very real possibility that it’ll be dashed…and I’ll end up soggy and behind schedule.Continue reading “Farm Follies: Frost-Facilitated Foibles”
I recently saw a post from an individual who was looking for information about starting a small farm, with the intent of “making a living” off it. Ah, dreams are grand (and we should all have them) but the reality is that it is very difficult to make money running a small farm…for a number of reasons.Continue reading “Musings: Reality Check – Small Farming As A Living (Long Read)”
I live in the country. I haven’t always lived in the country – I’ve resided in both urban and suburban areas before – but I’m definitely rural now. And that means I don’t live under CC&Rs that dictate how often I have to mow or what color I can paint my house. It also means I can let my property be as natural as I choose: (a) untamed, (b) partially tamed, or (c) ridiculously manicured. I choose “b”.Continue reading “Musings: Unapologetically And Unabashedly Unkempt”
At times I wonder about the future of small-scale farming: with large farming operations buying up small farms and effectively putting smaller farmers out to pasture, why would someone voluntarily choose what is, at best, a hardscrabble lifestyle? It’s certainly not for the prestige, the ease, or the security (or the healthcare coverage)…but now that I’ve been a full-time farmer, I better understand why certain individuals still choose to farm.