reality farm life
This season so far, on LTD Farm, has exceeded every dream I was hoping to manifest out here. I have a core of wonderfully supportive, and involved customers. I care for a whole bunch of amazing animals who are thriving and providing all kinds of goodness. My retail accounts are selling lots of duck eggs and spreading the duck-egg-love all throughout the Twin Cities. And the new farm!!!!! I can’t even explain how exciting this is, beyond my wildest expectations. To have more space for my “kids” will be so wonderful. To have more space to grow the farm sustainably is something I have been aspiring towards, but unable to do with out a really seriously dedicated and sincere partner. I am beyond grateful to have Andrew come into my life, and for us to grow a life together. Not to mention our abilities to strive towards self-sufficiency, which is something I just drool over the concept of!
But this has been a very hard, intense year. I won’t lie and say it has all been a piece of cake. There have been some tragedys, some sad partings with animals who had to be put down or died of their own. Very Humbling. I have never worked harder in my life. Being responsible for so many lives is SO insanely heavy. It gets me out of bed early, keeps me up late. This is a way of life, not a way to get rich or just laze about in the sun. There is SO much work to do, always……but it is the best, most rewarding work ever. Having your hands involved with every aspect of farming is ridiculously satisfying. I imagine it is similar for parents of human children. Pure and utter exhaustion, but the rewards are immeasureable, and impossible to put into words.first turkey harvested in 2010, note the lovely shade tree being used as a plucking station! 20 lbs of bird in three months is quite a marvel of nature.