I haven’t posted for a while. I have a good excuse though. Since the middle of March, our house went from zero animals to more than three dozen.
Starting my hobby farm, Moon Meadow Croft, has been time consuming. Gathering animals, building shelters, fencing pastures and caring for the livestock is a new learning experience for me because I’ve never lived on a farm before. I’ve raised chickens several times in the past, but nothing more.
I’ve always wanted to raise sheep. I can’t say why. Something about their calm nature intrigues me. Seeing a flock grazing in the field brings peace to my soul. Now I can sit in my backyard and watch my own sheep.
One reason I decided to start a hobby farm was to get back to nature and to introduce my children to a side of it they’ve never experienced. Taking care of animals and producing some of your own food in your backyard is rewarding and makes one feel connected to the Earth and the cycle of life. It uplifts the spirit and builds on the inner strength of a being. It also makes one appreciate the amount of work that goes into producing food. Food should never be taken for granted.
The number one reason I began Moon Meadow Croft was to be as self-sufficient as I can and to produce natural, wholesome food. The supply of food at the grocery stores doesn’t worry me, but the quality and price does. I feel the by-products, the chemicals, the artificial colours and sweeteners and the way things are produced are making humans ill. Producing my own eggs, turkeys, milk (yoghurt and cheese), chickens, berries and vegetables decreases my dependency on public food sources. In doing so, I avoid the unhealthy things that go into producing these foods on a massive scale (pesticides, steroids, etc.).
So that’s what I’ve been doing the past two months: becoming self-sufficient. I am currently writing a short story, editing my fantasy novel and writing my genealogy column in between weeding the garden, cutting hay, feeding the animals and building new gardens, a sheep shanty, a goat house and chicken coops.
Now that things are starting to slow down and fall into a routine, I hope to get back to posting regularly . . . or maybe that won’t come until the kids return to school. To read about my crofting experience, visit my Moon Meadow Croft blog.