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Sometimes Progress is Slow…But Still Progress

June 23, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe’ve tried many avenues to get progress. Some have been detours. Others dead ends. I’ve not hidden much on here – and no it’s not all cheery and good. Sometimes life sucks.

And sometimes it means taking an opportunity. I’ve still been focused on moving to Kentucky, but no winning lotto ticket in sight. Not that I can afford to buy them! I’ve saved off disconnect notices and have others looming. I’ve looked for land that can have more garden sun but it’s too much money or too far away.

I called, hoping against hope, the number on a sign in front of a place nearby. A deal was struck, papers being drawn up with immediate possession to use. It’s not going to be easy and we’ll have to push but it *is* progress.

There’s a house on it but it’s ugly. It’s overgrown, and has been empty for some time. It has a healthy population of ticks and wasps. And we have a lot of work to do. There’s a lot of negative, but a lot of good too.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt doesn’t look too bad from here. The poison ivy taking over the front, and some other problems lurk.

It’s clean up time – big time. The shattered glass from the loose storm door caught by the wind in the last big storm was a hazard. Only one.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGirl says it’s hot – but the plain porch gets a raised bed. Beyond the trees awaits room for corn, sunflowers and other big things we haven’t had enough sun room for.

The boards here were reused from another project. The ragged edges were trimmed to make it more visually appealing, and it covers a pretty good area.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStarted seedlings, including Bradley tomato seedlings that went unsold at recent events, have a home in the raised bed. Some nasturtiums are planted in the front, and Israeli breakfast melons and pool ball zucchini have fertile ground to grow in.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAConnor not only hauled fertilizer and compost for the raised beds but trimmed up some of the trees. Before trimming, it was shady, no breeze got through and from this angle hard to see there’s a house there. Afterwards…different!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat a difference a few hours of time makes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA new chapter awaits. Water issues, repairs, fencing, new offerings, sweating sales and sponsorships and a wide range of other things. Few know the tears, sweat and frustration into it so far, but this is definitely progress…and opportunity for customers and us alike.

We’re in the process of approval for selling at the Walker County farmer’s market, with an Alabama growers permit.

We’ve relied heavily on a few people I can never thank enough the last few discouraging months. I’m still not sure the bad spell is over – but sure hope so as we’re clawing our way to solid ground.

I hope you’ll join us – either as a reader or as a customer! We need those more than ever…if you know someone please send them our way!!


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