Monday, May 10, 2010

Farmer Jane

For two years my Dad has been trying to talk me into starting a little farm on his unused land. For two years I've talked myself out of the prospect of becoming a small scale farmer. This year his powers of negotiation worked. Now when I say small farm, I mean small. And when I say farm, I mean giant vegetable patch (and maybe flowers and lavender, too). There is no livestock as of yet, and we are not talking endless acreage. We are also talking bigger than a square foot garden. We're starting "small" this year so we can see what we're in for. By small I mean 1100 square feet. That's 50' by 60'. Enough space to spread out and get dirty.Enough space to need some true blue boots and shovels. The summer promises to be full of learning curves and triumphs. This weekend we tackled the first challenge while installing 1000 feet of drip line. Since the garden sits on a sloped portion of the land we can't flood irrigate. Planning out the watering system has been a big project, which I'm told will be our most expensive and time consuming up front investment. So here it is. Time for me to put my sweat and tears where my heart is and grow some food. If luck runs my direction I'll finally get the booth I've been wanting at the Farmer's Market now for at least 15 years. Even if that doesn't work out, we'll have plenty of food to share and preserve. For now I'm being paid like this: My girls are spending plenty of time running and playing with Papa as they discover the beauty of garden life. You'll see me tired and dirty a lot these days, but you'll also see me smiling as wide as I can smile at least most of the time. I'm guessing this here project will give the Go Local challenge the boost I was looking for. Prepare for more food talk than you bargained for.

p.s. We're using some of the key principles of Spin Farming, but without spreading our spaces out across multiple urban plots. So, we're calling it Living Senses Spin Farm. Nice ring, eh?

11 comments:

  1. Wow, Heather! Congratulations. This is EXCITING!

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  2. Heather, I love the photos :)
    Also... don't buy anything until you have come over to see our watering system....after a few expensive mistakes over the years, we finally created a solution that is awesome and reasonably priced. Call me woman.
    H

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  3. Holy moly! This is so great! Sounds like it's going to be a lot of hard work, but the good kind. :-) I'm so, so excited for you and can't wait to see your garden develop! Yay Heather!!!

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  4. Wow! Super exciting! I can't wait to hear more about what you are planting and how it goes! Have fun with it!

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  5. Wow! I'm so excited for you! I can't wait to see how your gardening experience goes. We wish we had more land to grow our own vegetables....all in time, I guess.

    Good luck!

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  6. WOW!!! Fantastic!!! Happy Mother's Day!

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  7. I'll be looking forward to regular updates on this venture! Good on you for taking it on this year.

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  8. Amazing!! You give me hope to keep our dream alive too. Someday...just may come!! I am very happy for you!! Live it up.

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  9. This is so exciting! Good luck and I can't wait to read about your progress!

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  10. wow. WOW!!!!! I know you are so excited! I can't wait to see what comes out of your garden. This could be dangerous to my computer ... you know - drool and keyboard don't really go well together.

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  11. How exciting! I just found your blog tonight (via Chiots Run) and having my own small scale farm is a dream off mine as well. Looking forward to following your journey. -Debbie

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