Thursday, December 8, 2011

Brief Introductions

You can find out a bit about our farm and goals in the 'About' section on the right hand side of the blog. But we thought we would also begin with a little bit about who we are, and why you want to stick around and keep reading.

Even if you haven't ever stepped foot on a farm, there is a place for you here. Yes, we are going to talk about sheep, and chickens and DIY renovations on an 1850's farm house. But we are also going to share what it takes to build something you really believe in, from the very smallest scratches up. We will share what music is blasting on the radio while we are Christmas crafting, and what's for dinner after a day cutting wood. We haven't got much in the way of material possessions, but we have a wealth in odd experiences- including making many mistakes along our way. Farming has offered us an outlet to feel whole, and we want to share the quirky, the muddy, the hilarious, and the down right challenging with others.

We have been searching for a place to start our farm for about a year now. This time last year, I was unemployed after leaving a job in political organizing for a farming job. The job just didn't work out. Kim kept us both afloat, and I searched for a farming internship to hone what had previously been self taught skills in agricultural pursuits. I found an internship, and then another job in agriculture.

The goal was to find a place to set up shop for a year-round CSA for next growing season. This was not an easy search. On a ridiculously tight budget and in no position to buy, we were at the mercy of land owners. On top of this, we relocated to be closer to family in the beautiful but notoriously pricey Hudson Valley, New York.
For months, we toured rentals and listings from county land conservancies. Some were too expensive, some had too little infrastructure and some came with too much character on the land-owner side. We were just about to give up for next season when we answered a listing that seemed all wrong. Only half interested, and after an especially challenging summer, we drove out to meet a landowner. Imagine our surprise when we pulled up here:

It was, hope.The owner of this beauty is fantastic, and the facilities were just what we had in mind. It's not a cliched walk in the park though, this old girl has been empty for a few years. Which means she currently has no electricity, no heat, and no running water. Which is why it's in our budget to lease it. But the potential here is intoxicating.

We needed a place where we could practice our methods of farming, which err on the side of slow but steady production -- with the health of the environment, farmers and animals always in mind. And here it was, staring at us with chipped paint and a solid frame.

Now we just need to make it work. 

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