I am farm-blogging! Yay!

 

 

Ok. Sooo. I am very excited to finally start my blog. Oh the things I want to share with you… Where to start?

We have moved to our farm beginning of June, 2015. The move included our two kids, our sons girlfriend, our 5 year old Catahoula Leopard dog Leo and 4 of our chickens. Eight months later, we have 13 chickens, one rooster, a pig – Bacon Bits, 2 more Catahoula puppies, 4 meat rabbits and an awesome kitty -Sonny who we never call by her name.

We have built a chicken coop, put up fences and a new-to-us gate. (I picked it out of our neighbors trash a few days after we moved in, free yay!), reinforced fenced, cleaned up after a tree fell and missed the horse barn by a hair!

During the last eight months, I have started to work. At first I took a job in a farm store for minimum wage, just so I get money for groceries and gas and a nice discount on feed and such. Let me tell you, this job and my boss were actually very healing for my body and soul.

Many look at a minimum wage job as demeaning, but mine took my mind off of my financial disappointments and restored my faith in good bosses. I am forever thankful to Sean at the Farm and Pet Outlet in Eustis, FL for giving me the job and the much needed work “therapy”. In August, our of nowhere I got hired for the job I am actually trained – a chef.

I work in a wonderful retirement community, about 20 minutes from our farm. Not only is my job fulfilling, but I have another amazing boss, who’s everyday positive attitude motivates me and simply just makes me happy to work. Not to mention, I get to bring home the best piggy food for our Bacon Bits.

I have made soap, cooked up incredible meals, made bread and desserts which disappeared faster than the time it took to make them. We have laid out a garden and had organic soil delivered. I am ready to plant anything and everything.

My blog will be on our progress, failures and anything that can help you make your farm dreams come true.

It is my goal to earn a living from the farm. My husband Mike has made me an incredible farm table for Thanksgiving and a 3-tier cupcake stand from the oak tree that fell.  He has set up one of the barns as his workshop and these will be for sale as well.

Next up, we are getting a dairy cow and building more cages for the rabbits. Did you know that a rabbit pair will provide your farm with 300lbs of meat a year??? That’s just crazy! We are also getting more chickens and ducks!

Here are a few pictures to enjoy. Let me know which topic you would like to read about next week.

Simca

 

 

Dreams do come true…

My husband and I are of the same mind. Both of us grew up helping our grandmothers in their gardens and around their farm. I remember being little and my grandmother would tie a bed sheet around me in sort of a sling, and carry me on her back as she tended to the garden and her farm animals. I loved it as a child and always wanted to give this experience to my children too. My kids are not little anymore, our son, 18 and our daughter 10, they are of the age where a little convincing may be in order. So, for the last five years, we as a family have been talking about moving to a farm either here in Florida or North Carolina. Our son, wouldn’t even hear of any kind of a move out of state. This, made us realize that even though he is 18, we simply do not want to split our family up. So the plan was solid, but. A series of unfortunate events, business disappointments and layoffs left us with our dream but no money to finance it. Our lease on the home we have been renting was to expire June 2015 and with a small budget for rent, me out of work and my husband already working 50+ hours a week, something had to come our way. All the rentals in our area skyrocketed and so it was clear that it’s time to consider moving out of the area somewhere more country. No problem there, that is what we were looking for.

I called my friend, who owns some properties in that area and let her know we were looking for something to rent. A month later, she messaged me that her neighbor is putting her house and 5 acre property for rent, because she is moving into town. I was ecstatic! We made an appointment to see the property and visited it the following weekend. Immediately, we fell in love. The five acres are nice and open, divided with out buildings, pasture and garden area. Existing chicken coup for our four city chickens stood ready. The bonus, cherry on top of the cake was the horse which came with the property and rent credit which we would receive for taking care of it. Bam! Just like that, all fell into place. We signed the lease, and our move in date is June 5th, 2015. After calling the power company, I found out that the power bill is on average $140, this is $100-150 less than what we are paying now! There is no water bill and the garbage is paid for by the owner. So to total everything up, our rent, utilities and cable will not even touch the amount of our current rent of $1150!

I am breaking this down for those who would love to live this way and feel that it is financially out of reach. Our savings will cover the security deposit, utility deposit and the first month rent! We have no 401K to use and due to the loss of 2 businesses our credit is pretty shot too.

In three weeks, we will be moving and I am already making plans for my gardens, animals and all the things I will make.

The kids are excited as well, which makes me very happy. My husband and I will be able to teach them how to raise and grow things after all.

Feeling excited!

Simone

P.S. Since this is a little victory for us, after 3 hard years, we will call it Victory Garden Farm! 🙂

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