Exactly three years ago, this driveway was the only thing on our farm. Not a single fence post, T post, building, well, electricity, or even our house. We started our farm from scratch on purchased land. I’ve not lost sight of our dreams this entire three years… I’ve never worked so hard in my life, not even as a cosmetic formulator/small business owner for the prior twenty years, or as a young art director when in my early 20’s.
Three years ago I was driving a little red mini cooper, and had clean clothes on most of the time. Ten years ago, I was working full time as a cosmetic formulator for my own small business, and wearing pretty dresses and makeup and heels almost every day. My how things change, it’s almost comical!
Farming is what I love! Working with rare, heritage breeds and being a part of their conservation, while providing healthy, locally grown and sustainable food to my community… is what I love!
if you’re having a hard time and struggling to get your farm started… I hear you! Keep going! Baby steps is how we’ve continued to make forward progress. Rest when you need to… you can take larger leaps of progress when you have your energy back.
Don’t be afraid to say NO. Or to establish limits for what you’re capable of. We started off with pigs and chickens (at the time this photo was taken, our pigs and chickens were somewhere else), and we’ve dabbled in goats, turkeys, quail, rabbits and guineas.
We finally settled on a single breed of chicken (Salmon Faverolles) and conservation breeding of a single type of swine (Kunekune pigs). We still have Meishan pigs, but for now are utilizing them with artificial insemination with other rare breeds, for meat crosses.
Keep up the good fight. Keep farming. If I can do this as a single mom, with no family around, struggling most days to get through it all on my own, while homeschooling my son and still working as a cosmetic formulator as a second job… I know that you can do it too! I’m also 48 and starting to feel someone tired and rickety a lot of the time.