Monday, April 12, 2010

My story

I am not a farmer. Neither are my wife or 3 children. However we are in the process of selling our home and hopefully making the move near a small village in Alberta Canada where we have purchased a 50% share of 140 acres of farmland and 100 acres of river bottom land (there about's depending on river flow.) There we expect to eventually build a house and start a simple farm.

Crazy? Maybe

I’d like to think we are more adventuresome than totally off our rockers but more than a few of our friends and acquaintances beg to differ.

We have actually owned this land for the past couple of years and have done some basic farming (future blog to indicate what I consider basic farming) as well as can be expected from 3 hours away. It has taken us some time to work out some details to make this move possible. We are not there yet but are feeling closer to our next big step.

So why would you want to read my ramblings? I would guess you are reading this as you have a similar desire to increase your knowledge and capability in the general following areas:

  1. Sustainable Farming
  2. Real Food
  3. Simple life
  4. Renewable Resources
  5. Animal Husbandry
  6. Toxin Free Living
  7. Self Reliance

(Ah man, my bullet points are flowers. I’ll have to figure out how to change that)

I have learned several things over the past couple of years regarding the above and expect to learn tons more as this whole process unfolds.

Hopefully along the way I can entertain, unite, and/or inspire other non farmers, farmer wannabe’s, and current farmers on the above. I am convinced in the future more and more people will want to do what we are attempting to do but have no idea of how to do it.

Who knows, maybe one day I will actually become a real farmer.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Doug! This is great what you're doing and I just wanted to point out the fact that your bullets are likely flowers because your entire backdrop is flowers. ;-) Don't let the brown color fool you.

    I thought you might like to check out this:

    You may know it all already, but if it could be helpful to you, let me know and I'll sign you up for it. At the very least, you might get a few more great ideas. I think what you've done is FANTASTIC and would love to tell people about what you're up to! Bravo and best wishes to you and your homesteading crew!