Getting Started …
Don’t you just hate getting that first sentence, paragraph, or thought written? That is where I have been all morning, trying to figure out how to start this blog.
Whether it is a blog, novel, review, or a letter of apology for accidentally mowing the neighbor’s Jade Vine, a rare flowering plant from the Philippines that is basically irreplaceable. Not that I did that personally or know or, have any involvement or information pertaining to an individual or individuals that did or did not commit said act. Normally I would follow with something about “… the names and places of the those involved, that I have no knowledge of, have been changed or are completely fictional, etc”. … but I digress.
Wait … see what I did there? I got the blog started. Sweet! (Note to self, send Dear Wife, herein know as DW, a lovely card notifying her how lucky she is to have me … perhaps a monetary gift to me is in order.)
Farmer Jenkins …
DW and I have long talked about acquiring our own bit of Colorado for some time now. This notion has transcended many iterations … from Farm to Jousting School, buried school buses in the back yard to our very own little Isengard (I lost that vote! Hrmpf!), eco friendly micro garden to raising our genetically altered sentient mutant spores, bent on world domination.
We ultimately ended up with the idea of homesteading. Wikipedia doesn’t have much in the way of information concerning homesteading. Which, honestly as your everyday, non-contributing, freeloading Wikipedia surfer, I find highly offensive … might need to reconsider that one.
The concept of Homesteading is not a new one. Self-reliance, feeding your family, carving a life out of dust and dirt, a fresh start. The reasons go on and on. For us, I think the “reason” has been more of a path of growth (no pun intended. Get it farm, growth … never mind). We have been on quite the roller coaster these last years. Illness, unemployment, loosing our house, death … you name it, we have dealt with it. I find these things to be life’s little warning bells, drawing your attention to what is important.
For us, that includes learning to feed ourselves, a lost art to those of us who are consumers. Living more harmoniously with the environment and hopefully contributing more than we consume. And a desire to raise and nurture things.
However, over the last several years, we have also discovered a strong desire to help others. Whether that is providing fresh produce for homeless shelters, teaching classrooms of kids about farming/urban farming/micro farming, etc. For us, this has become the biggest driving force and our main focus.
Our Journey …
We decided to start this blog to record and share this journey of ours. We are currently looking at a little farm property right now and will write more about that later. Please visit often, subscribe, comment and enjoy. Thanks for joining us