Sunday, February 5, 2012

Here We Go…

   Long time no see!  I know… I know, but my momma always said, “If you don’t have anything good to say, then don’t say anything at all”.  There where a thousand things I could have babbled about, but in this blog, my focus will mostly be on real farm life and the adventures that actually take place with animal, vegetable, and mineral.  I will try and subject you to very little of the inner workings of this mad man (No promises though, some of the voices are a bit loud). 
   We are just three weeks away from moving in, so I figured it would be a good time to start up the information feed again.
   In the time since my last post I have had a lot of ideas and issues pop up.  I’ve looked into and researched a host of projects and possibilities. You name it I probably spent a little time on it.  This is a quick and dirty list of some of those ideas, issues, projects, and possibilities.

The American Farmer
Solar power
Sustainable Wood Heat
Home Schooling
Hydro Power
Hoop houses
Wild Harvest
Wind Power
Gardening
Root Cellars
Spring Houses
Haying
Food Preservation
Bee Keeping
Draft Animals
Pond Maintenance, Naturalization
Water Control
Wood lot management
Compost and Coverings
Stacked Stone Masonry
Rain Water Utilization
Fire arms
Pasture Improvement and Quality
Soy Beans
Goats, pigs, sheep
Living Fences

   This is a list, not exhaustive, of things that we will need to do or may implement. Some of them I will cover in depth in future posts.  A few will make the final cut and be implemented on the farm (or at least attempted).  Some of them where found to be inapplicable in our situation or just plain bad ideas. If you are curious about one of the topics let me know because I may never actually say much about the inapplicable.
   For now we will be putting the bulk of our time and energy into moving in and getting settled into the farm.  A lot must be done before spring hits and that is just around the corner.  The main farm related project that will take place in the next few weeks is the arrival of the baby chicks and the building of our first chicken tractor.   We will photo document the whole process and have plenty to say about our plans and the such.  My next post will most likely be a long ramble about the past present and future role of the American farmer.
   It has been a long road to get to this point, but it was more than worth it.  The days and years to follow should prove to be interesting and comical at the least.  And the next few months should be fast and furious.  So as my dad has been known to say, “Get in, sit down, hold on and shut up”!  (actually you can talk all you want… I have selective hearing).
Farm Boy

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