A lot of projects and a little progress

It’s hard to believe we’ve had our property for almost 2 years now. Greg is still in transition with his job, but I’ve been living on the farm full time, working remotely, for over a year! It certainly doesn’t feel like it’s been that long.

Even with Greg visiting on weekends, we’ve still managed to get a lot done. We also had to push back on some plans in order to give priority to more important projects - like the barn. This farm was a dairy farm way back in the day. And although the barn is in great shape compared to most barns around here, it still needs quite a bit of work. There’s a little thing called electricity that seems like it might be important to add. Apparently the previous owners just ran down a long extension cord when they needed power. But we’ve got plans for lights and outlets in each bay. As you can imagine, that’s a fairly large project. We also need to shore up some of the siding and dig a french drain to take care of the water that comes off the hillside.

photo by @graysharbordrone

So many plans

So little time…

So this is our big plan for the summer of 2019 — get the barn ready for animals!

Once we have a place to house them, we can finally get those goats. Maybe at that point we can truly call ourselves farmers.

We’ve completed several projects over the past couple of years, some large and some small. We are so lucky that Greg has the skills and the knowledge (and the tools!) to do most of the work himself. And he loves researching, so even if he doesn’t know how to do something, he’s great at figuring it out.

Here is a short list of things we’ve accomplished while we’ve been here:

  • installed a wood stove

  • created wood storage and filled it with 4 cords

  • ripped up the carpet in the living room and guest bedroom, put down wood floors

  • installed a ceiling fan

  • planted the orchard

  • cleared paths in the woods for future campers and our own hikes

  • prepped the silo for a pool

  • installed a water catchment system

  • started our emergency preparedness plan (got backup batteries, rainwater tank, generator, etc.)

Here’s what we’re hoping to accomplish over the next couple of years:

  • finish the silo pool and take our first swim!

  • add a deck off the pool

  • finish getting the barn ready for animals (fix siding, install electric, clean out stalls and reinforce gates, fix bay doors, add missing bay door, finish painting)

  • start the veggie garden

  • fix the exterior fencing (part of it was hit by a car before we bought the place)

  • figure out livestock fencing

  • build chicken coop - GET CHICKENS!

  • put up first glamping campsite (and get our first campers!)

  • clean the well to get more water

  • finish backup water system

When you write it all out, it sure sounds like a lot! But there’s plenty more to do when all of that is done. And who knows what will come up in the meantime. That’s part of the fun - not knowing all the possibilities of this place. We’re slowly figuring it out, enjoying the planning, but understanding we have no idea what will happen next.

Wish us luck!

Oh yeah, we got this!

Oh yeah, we got this!

Looking forward...

We knew the first two years would be tough. This thing called "transition" is not easy. It quickly wears you down as you juggle two completely different lifestyles, wishing there were more hours in a day. We are splitting our time between our city jobs and country living. No longer can we relax and unwind on the weekends. Instead, we're driving several hours between the farm and our rental, showing up late at night with a weekend project list a mile long. We spend those days getting as much done as we can, preparing for the winter and full-time life on the farm. We're working all week, then all through the weekend, packing a lot of work into a short amount of time.

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I suppose that's what our future life on the farm will be like anyway, but with less clock-watching and fresher air. Where we will work in acres, not hours. It might have been easier if we had started this 20 years ago, when our joints were young and healthy. Our bodies are screaming out in protest and our minds are exhausted. Although we know it will be worth it in the long run, we still wish for time off with no responsibilities.

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Some days, I just want to jump ahead to the good stuff. To planting and harvesting, seeing progress in the projects, collecting eggs, milking goats, talking to the animals, and making small batch cider. To sunsets on the porch and soaking in a hot tub heated by firewood. Or swimming in the silo pool filled with rain water. It's these future goals and dreams that keep us going, keep us motivated. As they say, "Life is better on the farm".

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And so it begins...

Welcome to the next chapter of our lives. The one where we leave behind the rat race, the long commutes, stressful jobs and whatever else ails us. As we transition from life In the 'burbs to life on a farm.

That's right, I said farm.

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We will be starting our own small farm/ hobby farm/ homestead, whatever you want to call it. Living a more satisfying life and becoming self-sufficient. Growing and preserving our own food. Raising poultry and livestock. Taking care of the land and the forest that surrounds it. Breathing in the fresh country air! 

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And finally taking back control of our own lives.

We are looking forward to working hard for ourselves. Where all of the stress and struggle pays off; not with money, but with a feeling of accomplishment. Where we can make our own rules and set our own pace. It's a place we've been longing for, and we are so much closer than I'd ever thought  we'd be.

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Welcome to Inali Farm! Where our dream is finally our reality.