Lots has happened in the past two weeks! Chicken processing pretty much marked the end of the farming season for me, aside from putting the garden to bed and harvesting kale here and there. But that’s totally fine, because I’ve had other things to give my attention to! Namely, making decisions with Judah (my fiancé) about our wedding, job situations, and where we’ll be living once we’re hitched.
Many of you know that I spent the summer in a mentorship program with the Logan County Farmers Market, learning from some produce growers and the Market in general. The idea was that I would spend a year learning and then launch into selling my own products at the Market in 2017. However. I have been swept off my feet by a man from Kentucky, and that’s where we’ll be starting our home and our farm. I will put the things I learned from my mentorship to good use! It just won’t be in Logan County. We are planning on raising pastured broilers like I did this year, but on a larger scale; a few pastured/forest raised hogs; and of course a garden (whether it be to raise produce to sell or just for us is undecided). For those of you who were looking forward to buying meat chickens from me in the future, know that we will likely be bringing some chickens to Logan County to sell in 2017 as long as we have customers. We’ll keep you updated via Facebook and this blog.
Judah and I are planning on a late winter wedding so we can get settled before the farming season starts. And while we don’t have this written in stone yet, we’re playing with the idea of renting land for a year and building a small portable home on it. Technically, it would be a tiny house, at 30′ x 14′ (plus a loft and big porch 🙂 ). The reason for this plan is that neither of us want to launch into debt as soon as we get married. This is a way for us to have a beautiful, inexpensive place to live while we’re getting started with farming and saving for buying land and building a bigger home in the future.
So. We’ve been messing around with house plans and it’s quite fun.
Here’s the land we’re thinking about living on for a bit! Oh, and that’s us. 😉
Back at home I’ve been going through some of my things and sorting out what I’ll want in our first home and what I won’t want. For example, I managed to have acquired three pie pans. I might need all three sometime in the future, but I don’t want all three in our tiny home! So I’m just sorting things like that.
I’m also crocheting dish rags.
And finishing my quilt…
So the quilt has an interesting story. I started this quilt maybe a year ago, piecing it all by hand. I got that done in no time and then moved on to quilting it. By hand.
It looks nice, doesn’t it? But hand-quilting was taking waaay too long – I have 100 8″ x 8″ squares in that thing, guys. I assessed the situation and realized that the only reason I wanted to hand-stitch the entire queen-size quilt was so I could say I’d done it, just like they did in the pioneer days. Or something. But I realized that hand-quilting the whole thing was going to take up too much precious time, so I decided to finish it with the machine. It’ll look kinda funny if you look too close, but I’ll have a good story to tell my kids someday!
I used masking tape to keep me sewing straight lines. It’ll smooth out when it’s done.
Life’s exciting, especially when I know I’ll be spending the rest of it with my best friend and love of my life!