As many of you have seen from our recent facebook page posts, Jamin, the kids and I have been busy building a farm! For those of you that know me (and have known me for a long time), it may seem a little out of character. It may seem strange. Don't worry it feels that way for me too!
I had no idea until I had my own property filled with potential that I could be a farmer. I still feel bizarre using the words farm and farmer. Maybe I am in denial.
Animals and living off the land brings a whole new level of self-sufficiency to our lives. That was the main purpose of acquiring farm land. We wanted to be able to know where our food comes from and to be able to know how it was grown, how it was treated and what it was fed.
We have a beautiful property with close to 40 acres. We now have 11 laying hens and 1 cocky rooster, 15 new laying chicks, 2 baby roosters, 3 baby geese, 4 muscovy duck babies, 3 baby turkeys, one mama cow and her beautiful calf, 4 piglets and 2 pigs, 2 goats and of course our cat and dog.
We have experienced loss on our farm. It has been tragic and real. Our children experienced and felt the losses. Both Jamin and I felt the losses. Tears were shed, stories were shared and lessons were learned. Lessons are still being learnt each day.
We have experienced worry and fear on our farm. Will our baby calf make it? Will our chickens be murdered by the coyotes howling in our backyard. Are the children safe up in the fields on their own? How long have they been gone? Should we check on them? The rooster. Oh the rooster. He has instilled fear in all of us - his watchful eye closely and waiting for the perfect moment to attack - us all!
We have experienced challenges and long days. Most days I want to return to our simple city life. I want to return to our small home with less mess, less dirt and definitely less poop! I clean poop off shoes, clothes, floors and bodies every. single. day. We spend more time at home and less time on vacations or weekend get
We have experienced pure joy on our farm. A nursing calf clinging to his mama. The happy squeals of piglets waiting to see you (or maybe waiting for food?). The hilarious personality of our goats. The love Scarlett has for redhead - her favorite hen! Chicks - baby chicks peeping and bouncing about. Kids running joyfully through fields, climbing trees and loving every moment of their time spent on our farm.
That is what keeps us going. The love these kids have for this farm, animals and the outdoors. Each day they run outside to collect eggs. They chase pigs with smiles beaming off their faces. They spend time stroking and cuddling Rosie and her baby calf. They play in dirt and go for long walks along the path. They garden, build forts and help with farm chores. They have joy beaming from their smiles when they see an apple on our tree - each time they find an apple!
Many of our friends and their families are choosing to live a life outside the city, a life of purpose and of sustainability and self sufficiency. It seems as though rural living is becoming more and more appealing to many families. Finding a house in the country is becoming more challenging. Families are looking to find ways to disconnect from the hustle and bustle (if we can really call Kingston a true hustle and bustle). They are searching for more connection with nature, the world and our planet. Searching for peace and comfort.