Friday, January 29, 2010

Down on the farm...

In the spirit of self reliance and teaching our kids how to work hard, we have started planning some fun spring projects. Rob has been Googling, mapping and listing the things he will need.

Project of most importance: Greenhouse. We are hoping to get this done ASAP so that we can start growing plants. We will grow what we need for our garden and let the kids tend and sell some plants to anyone else who wants them. Feel free to place an order...I am sure they would love to fill it.

Project 2: Chicken coop. We have really enjoyed fresh eggs from grandma's/pa's and Heather and Cody's house. I am sure the chickens will come in handy when the grasshoppers are out of control again this year.

Project 3: Nothing like home grown bacon. Never raised a pig before, but thought it would make for a great adventure. Who knows, maybe the kids can enter them into the fair. Rob assures me they will not stink and will not be racketous. Permission granted; 1 set of pens in the planning. I am sure if we had enough room for a cow and a horse, we would do that too...(but we wouldn't eat the horse).

Project 4: Rabbit cages: Shhhhhhh, don't tell the kids. If we can work it out, the Easter bunny will have a great surprise for them. We won't eat the bunnies either. If anyone knows a of a good place to buy any, please let me know.

Project 5: Grande garden. Can't wait for this. I love a big garden. When work was slow last harvest season, I took that opportunity to put up as much garden stuff as I could. What a great feeling of accomplishment!

Project 6: Potato pit. We have heard of burying an old refrigerator. Does anyone know if this would be considered disposing of one illegally?

Not sure if it will happen this season or not, but we want to get some fruit trees, berry bushes and grape vines established.

As of yet, these are just plans, but we are hoping to make them a reality. While I have dreams of it looking something like my sister's farm, I can settle for the humble little farm (if you can really call it that) we have planned. I am hoping when it is all said and done, we will still have neighbors who will claim us.

I just love the spring and I have the fever BAD. I wish I could just go to sleep like the bear I am in the winter and not wake up until spring.



Goll, you have some fun things planned. You're getting me motivated too!!

Alexis said...

I LOVE it! We have been talking about raising chickens as well. We'd like our own dairy cow too and of course we wouldn't dare forget the horse, but that will come later. Right now we are focused on buying a house and then we'll start with the vegetable garden.

Cory said...

Will you keep a pig for us? And can I help in your grande garden? I'm still not sure how we're going to do one here. We'll see. THat all sounds so great. You guys are awesome! The rewards will be great!
Sharon (not cory)

Abby said...

All our plans for gardens got put on hold when Matt got accepted into grad school. Now, I am just hoping he'll have time to mow the lawns. I always believe that you can do anything you put your mind to, so I'll look for great things from you.