Long time no chat!
How are you? How’s your fall moving along? I do hope your transition from season to season has been a smooth one!
Things have continued to be rather quiet in this space, but it’s not for lack of activity, I promise.
Between the closing up of the season, busy work schedules, Kim’s continued recovery from her concussion, and planning for a big move, things have been rather overwhelming as of late.
Yep…you read that right…
Not immediately, but very, very soon!
See, we’ve been given the amazing opportunity to caretake a farm about two hours away from our current farm (though only an hour away from our jobs, just in the opposite direction).
We’ll be trading our time, energy, and care for the ~10-acre property for a roof over our heads and a safe place for our animal menagerie, which means an incredible savings on rent.
Cold, hard cash in our pockets to help set us up, really and truly, to purchase our “forever farm” in just a few short years!
Oh, how we’ll miss the Village and the larger community out here, but this is really an opportunity we couldn’t pass up!
Just a few of the wonderful benefits of this caretaking gig include:
- The opportunity to learn about organic orchard management (there are 65 heirloom fruit trees on the property).
- The opportunity to learn about organic berry care (there are 450 feet of raspberries and blackberries on the property). Remember our recent raspberry picking adventure? Gorgeous, right?!
- Access to a tractor and a BCS with multiple attachments to use to cultivate two established fields for food production (neither of which we currently have which severely limits our ability to cultivate any of the field space we have on this current property).
- Additional pasture areas for the goats (and maybe a cow in the near future).
- Two acequias (at the top and bottom of the property) for flood irrigation of crops and watering of animals and an intesive drip system set up on a timer (wonder of wonders) for the berries and the orchard.
We’re in our lease here on this gorgeous 11-acre property we’ve lovingly called home for two-and-a-half years until the end of March (2018), though we have permission to move into the new place at any time. So, we’ve told our Landlady and will follow her lead. If she wants to advertise the property now and finds a new tenant, we’ll speed up our purging and packing. If she wants to maintain and wait to advertise, we’ll just take it all slowly.
Did you catch the “purging” I mentioned above?
Yeah…that’s because the new property includes 1/3 the house space as this one and it doesn’t have a garage (which is where our garden tools, regular tools, camping items, and food preservation items are currently housed).
And so, we’ve started with our clothes and a couple of cabinets and are slowly moving through the house discussing which items are absolutely necessary and which aren’t.
So far, and granted we’re at the very beginning stages here, it’s all been relatively easy! Though, if I had to guess, I’d bet that some items will be harder to let go of than others…like some of my craft items (painting supplies and yarn, fabric and buttons…oh my)!
And then there are all the books!
Oh, but the tradeoff is going to be so worth the effort and I can hardly wait to be in the new house, on the new property! Learning and growing and learning and prepping for our forever farm 🙂
But first, there are fences to fix and shelters to build for our menagerie of animals.
One step at a time, right? One step at a time!
Now it’s your turn! Oh, do tell!
How is November treating you?
Any big plans for the upcoming months?
Have you ever had to downsize? Choose between creative outlets?
What approaches have you taken to downsizing that worked wonders and didn’t leave a big fat hole in your heart? (I know it’s just stuff, and yet…)
Hope you have a lovely rest of your week!