I love farming. I love the sun on my face, the dirt between my toes, the smells of my animals, the affection they offer daily, and the new babies being born. I enjoy everything about this life. Knowing that my animals are reared under a kind hand, fed wonderfully, kept in great health, and looked after with care. I enjoy picking my own tomatoes from seeds that I started and eating them on a sandwich with homemade bread.
However, what I do not like is farming on someone else's land.
There is nothing worse for me as a farmer than being told "you can't." And it seems the longer we are on the Lord and Lady's property the more rules they come up with. An example: We erected a fence about a year ago, shortly after we got Surge home. Now, Wolf and I are being told that we need to move the fence 8 feet off the property line. Gee? You think you cold us that 12 months ago?
I also find it very frustrating to not be able to plant an orchard or work this rocky soil into a rich brown nutrient rich soil that is an absolute joy to farm. Everything we do to this land, this house, their farm is nothing that we benefit from.
I guess Wolf and I are to the point that we have just out grown this place. It was a good start for suburbanites to learn a thing or two about farming, but the environment wasn't really conducive to learning. We were pretty much left to our own.
So, to remedy this problem Wolf and I are looking at land in surrounding counties with or without a house. Preferably with a fixer-upper - that way I can have cabinets, counter tops, and sinks that are MY height. I'm no small bean at 5'11" bare foot.
We are going to take a tentative gander at some rolling property tomorrow with a sad little shack of a house tomorrow afternoon. Is it strange that I would prefer that my animals have wonderful pasture to graze on while I live in a tent? I am sure that it seems backward to some people.
I am trying not to stake my heart on it. Trying not to get my hopes too high. But honestly, I can tell you, that I want this to happen so bad I can smell the farm there!
Wish us luck!