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Past, Changes, Planning, Future

October 24, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe’re working on a 2014 Farm Share plan and some new things. Looking back, looking forward and planning present can be a juggling act.

Past – where we’ve come from, what we have done. Sometimes it seems insignificant. Sometimes it seems we let people down. Sometimes I question if it’ll ever reach potential.

Present – planning, preparing both long term and short term. Payments due, income cut, pressing issues, looking to next year, preparing for winter. It’s the in between stages of temperatures. It’s a cold snap tonight and tomorrow night, so the straggling peppers and tomatoes are covered and containers put in a teepee out front for protection.

Future is not just next year but building. Getting the land in Kentucky, getting Connor’s land paid off. Instead of investing in a savings account or estate he’ll be getting 10 acres of land in Arizona, about an hour east of Flagstaff. It’s enough elbow room he can do what he wants, whatever that might be. He’s learning raised beds and a host of other lessons, so has options. He’s learning electrical work, and has made some pocket money doing odd jobs here and there.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI look at my dad, who often said he didn’t have an education beyond eighth grade and couldn’t spell. He’s written a book, dedicated to my brother Steven who died as a baby. We can do what we set our mind to do.

So although many say something can’t be done, we keep focusing on other things that can be done. Will be done. Is being done! It’s the lowest time in a decade, but giving up not an option.

Past, present, future is all linked! We’re doing some special mini shares and small shares for the first 10 signups – or sponsors! – which will introduce more people to what we’re doing and help us over the rough patch hump. We’re just  payments from being paid off on our little place here. We have some Christmas packages that are being worked on for $50 and $100 amounts. All original, won’t find someone else buying the same thing on black Friday!

It’s all interlinked. Past is where we come from, but we can’t live there. Present is where we are but can’t stay there. Future is yet to come, but we need the planning to get there.

Life. Business. It’s not that different. It is braided together here.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2013 11:31 AM

    I’m afraid that I don’t know what a Farm Sharing Plan is :-/

    • October 25, 2013 5:23 PM

      We started doing farm shares as a more personalized options to CSA options. In a typical CSA you pay a fee and split the harvest with however many are signed up – might be 10 or 100 depending on the CSA. Some folks don’t like certain things. With the farm shares, they pay a certain amount up front, and fill out an application with their interests. If they don’t like rosemary, that’s not a bonus to them. Maybe they want chicken, rabbit and peppers – or other options. They can choose that and get just those things. Someone else might want gourds for crafts or just meats – each can get what they want, and we know up front what we have to do for the year.

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