As a mom and a lover of all things handmade and homegrown, I felt inexplicably drawn into the larger world of farming a couple of years back. I headed back to school to study organic agriculture and crop production, spent as much time as possible training with local farmers, and was planning for the day when I could lease, or move to a bigger plot, and farm for "real". Unsure of where I fit in our local agriculture scene, I found that I was spending way too much time, though, dreaming of a larger plot of land, and not enough time appreciating what I had. Sometimes life doesn't always work out the way that we plan; sometimes it's better.
Gathering pictures for our homestead website has made me realize that we ARE farming, albeit a little creatively.
Sure, I still aspire to have a larger operation that can serve more folks in our local area. But until then, what already does exist in my life, however it may be defined, is beautiful, valuable beyond measure, and all that I need.