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The Perfect Farm

May 19, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe perfect farm will need millions of descriptions. It varies with each farmer and is different today than it was yesterday, or a year ago. With so much routine it seems, sometimes, nothing happens.

Then one day we realize this rabbit is 3 years old, and has it really been two years since the Delawares arrived?! Wow! And things have changed. It’ll be different six months from now than it is now.

Many friends in farming may not have their perfect farm. Perhaps it’s always seeing what we need to do – it’s endless! Perhaps expanding is on the minds of many. Perhaps there is new equipment, or new animals we’d like to add.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut for those of us who have a spot of ground who are able to do what we love, it is in that moment perfect. There’s a list of things that need done as long as a basketball player’s arm…but it’s our home, our business, our life. When there’s perceived insults of that it’s personal, and we don’t always respond as we should.

Growing up I didn’t think it was possible to have a more perfect farm than the one I grew up on. Rolling hills, creek bottoms, pasture only patches, hay fields and corn fields. I learned conservation, recycling, reusing by action.

Yet those things that made it perfect for what we did make it completely unsuitable for someone raising large volumes of crops (too difficult to farm) or just grazing. One spot that was troublesome was the side of a hill – and became a Christmas tree patch. Many would not think it’s a perfect farm!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt present we’re far too small in space for what my perfect is. Thinking of those spaces for grazing makes me strive forward. We don’t have room for pigs, or sheep, or geese at present. Our growing area is limited. But…we can do many things!

We can do herbs, and have tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and more in the ground. We have our beautiful birds, and rabbits. The compost connects the ‘sides’. We’ve had some awesome customers, including some who bought our box sponsors that enables us to help families like the one that stopped today, needing a hand up. A dozen eggs, some tomato plants and other seeds and a few grocery supplies helps in a small way, and is possible thanks to generous sponsors that allow us to make a living *and* help people out for free. That is an awesome feeling.

Sometimes it’s overwhelming here. It’s discouraging. It’s exhilarating. And it can go from one to the other in minutes. Sometimes it’s finding a dozen things to do today to keep progression going – even those things that no one sees.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThings like transplanting tomatoes for the sale this weekend. Planning breedings. Preparing the booth, including flower decorations. Working on materials needed to give away. Looking ahead a month, two months, six months, a year and what needs done *then* that needs started now.

One step at a time. Perfect may or may not come – but it’s perfect for right now. Don’t overlook today for the future.

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