On any given morning in the spring, summer, and fall, if you’re driving behind me on the way in to work, you probably think I’m crazy. You see, while many people roll up their windows while driving past a farm wreaking of nature’s purest element (poop, of course), I stick my nose [and sometimes head if I’m a passenger] out the window and inhale. I love the smell of farms.
There’s something deep in my bones that makes me want to have a sustainable home. To grow and preserve our own food. To raise chickens. To milk a cow daily and feed a pig all the scraps he endure. To nurture fruit trees. To make cheese. I want to farm. And gosh, I realize it’s some of the most difficult work imaginable but it’s deep inside me. I believe my friend Kacie knows what I mean. So does Kyle, who to my great surprise, recently admitted this to me as well (which might have something to do with the John Deere we just invested in). It’s not something you often hear about from this generation, but my next step in planning our new yard is figuring out where to put the chicken coop and where the fruit trees will go.
All of this dreaming may very well be disillusionment and my over-developed sense of romanticism, of which I blame on falling madly in love with the Anne of Green Gables series as a young girl, but even after reading about a city-girl turned farmer in The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball last summer, I’m still inspired to want to do this. And the funny thing is, after having lived in Connecticut for over 10 years now, I’m just now starting to discover what these farms have to offer, aside from just veggies and u-pick fruits in the summer. I’m starting to find blogs that exemplify this way of life, like Poor Girl Gourmet and Backyard Farming the Natural Way, and that make me so excited about the possibility of doing this for real.
In the midst of researching the heck out of the prospect of home farming (because well, research is what I do), I need get familiar with my town zoning regulations. I know that with at least an acre of land, according to our town regulations, we’re able to have chickens but since taking this idea further than just chickens is on my mind, there is a considerable amount of information I still need to pull together. It might be a great late-fall/early winter project and I’m really excited about getting this all started!
Do any of you have thoughts on creating a sustainable home farm life like this for your families? Or are you already putting these types of ideas into action? I want to hear your thoughts on this!