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“Do You Ever Feel Like Quitting?”

June 12, 2014

Take a look at any news article and the love/hate of farmers and others in agriculture is clear in the comment section. What people want and what they say they want doesn’t match.

Over the last few months there’s been much happening behind the scenes. That continues, with a state of Alabama growers permit in hand to sell at farmers markets.

However, as things start to inch forward other things provide major discouragement. So why do we do it?

We plant seeds to see them come up and knocked down by storms. We start turkeys, chicks and young rabbits and see them get sick or chilled or a lon accident and die. We hear people want what we’re doing but just aren’t ready to buy.

Begging isn’t healthy. A solid belief in what we’re doing keeps from quitting, but discouragement is a heavy burden. There’s only so many hours in the day and right now it’s critical to do some things off line. It keeps unpleasantness from infecting the normal tone also.

With that in mind, it’s time for a two week tech cleanse – backing off the blog and such. We hope that the little bit scheduled in the time will be enjoyable but I need some regroup time from a dark space. Time to deal with it before it’s a monster, and asking, begging, requesting help just doesn’t work. There’s no vacation, but a little time to deal with some issues is needed. I’ll be back, will be not totally unplugged but need some review time.

Stay tuned…it’ll be over in no time and I’ll be back.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Stephanie permalink
    June 12, 2014 8:07 AM

    I will miss reading your blog while you are gone! I will pray for you that your two week hiatus will serve you well. I look foteard to your return!

    • June 20, 2014 10:04 AM

      Thank you! As it happens I can’t stay away 2 weeks. I think it’s been a productive time to re-evaluate without stressing myself over getting posts done. Lots of possibilities ahead, a renewed view of topics and – well – let’s fire this thing back up again! Get on board!

  2. June 12, 2014 8:58 AM

    Believe me. What you’re feeling is not uncommon. We have a society that is too overwhelmed and too naive to understand that they really need to do a lot more research on issues, before taking only 1 simple reading in an email as gospel…. before climbing on the Rant Train in Facebook and ‘sharing’ every fear-factor image that falls into their newsfeed. I’ve sat back and watched over the past 6 months. And I cannot help coming to the conclusion that the FDA, USDA and the Automotive Industry have been chosen to vie each morning for the ‘Daily Joke in Congress.’ When you think about all the recalls in general… from each of these entities… there is a common denominator. Bottom line… SOMETHING has to be purchased or replaced for a higher price. People fall for it, every time and just go out and throw the money to ’em. We all need to take into account our very own business at home in relation to all these recalls. If we have those products at home… we need to ask ourselves if we have, personally, experienced the claims being thrown out there like food for carp! Most of us will, undoubtedly, discover our answer is, “no.” But when it comes to the all the stories regarding the small farmers…the homesteaders selling all that they raise and grow for incomes… people need to realize how nasty big money in farming can buy rights to making consumers look like monkeys dancing for the fiddler. People shriek because… well, it just has to be true because the FDA and the USDA said it. WRONG, people. Their game is all about keeping a paycheck and the assignment of helping to keep it looking like the economy is doing well. If the money is churning… our government looks good… even if they’re telling us all to throw out perfectly intact and untainted goods, to con us into going out there to spend more money to replace things. Big farming is doing all it can to mess with the mind of the public, in order to kill off their main threat… the small organic farmer. It’s going to take GATHERING EVIDENCE TO TEACH THE IGNORANT PUBLIC the reason why they need to do a lot more research before choosing to remain so gullible. It works. The FDA refused to accept the fact that they lied. But just this morning… they reversed their decision to ban the use of wooden shelves for aging cheeses. Why? Because We The People got out there with the DOCUMENTS and hit people up to sign a petition to make it happen. Through the process… Totally unknowing citizens were educated a little more about the food they eat. And they had no problem coming into the fight to help artisan cheese makers! Your efforts here have been wonderful. Personally, I have had major challenges over this past year, including surgeries on both hands, etc.. But I can say this. The one thing you have taught me is… to do more research and initiate discussions about issues that pop up on FB. They’ll put anything out there over the Internet. It’s become perfect grazing for big money because mice will eat just about anything. Hang in there. Enjoy your break!!

    • June 12, 2014 9:04 AM

      Interesting because big farmers (like us) feel like organic producer do nothing but spread fear & throw us under the bus. I guess the biggest problem is everyone is letting fear & misinformation pin farmer against farmer. The truth is we need larger farms unless more we somehow gain a large amount of new farms, farmers, animals, land & resources…

      • June 20, 2014 9:43 AM

        Agree with you! There should be no need to throw another type of production away. We all serve different markets. Here, I know I can’t produce enough volume to feed a city – don’t want to. I don’t envision millions moving back to rural areas to grow food. I’m confident in what we do to not have to put down someone. Thanks for commenting – and here’s to working better and harder to have a true network. After all, we need larger farms for chicken feed and hay. πŸ™‚ Appreciate those networking to work together.

  3. June 12, 2014 9:00 AM

    Yes we do! Isn’t it sad that our ultimate goal is to be in a financial position to sell out at any time? I couldn’t imagine trying to sell direct. Hang in there & know you have other farm ladies that have your back. πŸ™‚

    • June 20, 2014 9:38 AM

      Thanks! The challenges are immense no matter the type of management. (And sorry for the delay!)

  4. saythewriter permalink
    June 13, 2014 11:51 PM

    Hang in there! What you are doing is important. And some people ARE starting to come around to an understanding that we have to support and respect our farmers. I love your blog! But I also understand the need to back away from time to time (I had to do that with Whatever is in the Kitchen last year and am just starting to get that one back off the ground). So refuel, regroup, and we’ll see you when we see you!

    • June 20, 2014 9:48 AM

      Thanks! I don’t think I’ve taken a real break from the blog for quite some time. It’s been difficult to maintain self-enforcing the break actually! But it’s been productive.

      • saythewriter permalink
        June 20, 2014 2:17 PM

        I’m so glad to hear that!

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