Hi friends! You may have noticed that I have not updated the blog in the past couple of weeks. You were probably thinking, “She has no time to write! She has all those guinea birds and alpacas that she got for Mother's Day to take care of now!” Yes, I have been very busy, but it hasn't been the livestock keeping me away from writing. It's been some big, big news…
Did you notice some changes on the website lately? Last week we were a blog with a farm attached to us. Now we are a Farm with a blog attached to us!
Yes, friends! Last week we finally opened our farm to the public!
I can't even begin to explain what this is like… For two years we have worked and dreamed, struggled and fought nature to make this happen. There have been times when I wondered if this crazy plan would ever work and many, many times when I wished Papa the Farmer would just go back into software so we could have a normal life again. Last year when the late frost killed all our fruit and we didn't have any to sell I totally avoided blogging. “I might be writing about an imaginary farm!” I sighed to my friend one day as we sat on my front porch looking out over everything. Every time I've watched a woman's eyes light up as she says to me, “Oh! I wish my husband would quit his job and become a farmer!” I've wondered why God didn't match somebody like that up with Papa the Farmer instead of somebody like me. But now we are finally, finally open.
Of course we've only been open a few days and we haven't actually made any money yet. A journalist called me last week and asked, “Is it profitable? Are you making any money?”
I tried to avoid the question. “Well, there's no reason it shouldn't be financially profitable as long as we don't neglect the business end of it. But there are different types of ‘profitable.' This has been a huge blessing to our family. What other children get to spend the bulk of their days outside, learning about nature hands-on, and spending so much time with both parents?” She thought that answer was just lovely. What I said was true, but how many times over the course of the past two years have I struggled to remember these words, myself? When I recounted that conversation to Papa the Farmer, he said with a grin, “Keep talking. You just might convince yourself.”
“Businesses usually take 3 years to make a profit,” my very wise 85-year-old-ex-mayor-neighbor told me. “Well, this business is going to have to turn a profit THIS year” I told her! So if you all could be praying about that, I'd sure appreciate it. Because stepping out in faith and starting a new business is always a wee bit intimidating… and even more so when you are so dependent upon weather! Anyway, it's in your own best interest to pray for us… because if the farm flops then Papa the Farmer will have to go back into software again and frankly, a blog about a farmer who left his farm to take up a career in software just wouldn't be as interesting…
But the farm isn't going to flop. I know that because I've gone out to the orchards and I see all that fruit on the trees getting ready to ripen. I see the vegetable gardens growing like crazy. In just one week we have already sold almost half of our available memberships! So if you're local, what are you waiting for? Read about our Community Supported Agriculture style of farming here and then click here to sign up!