I sat down today and really thought about what I want out of the farm. I started on this journey because I have a deep appreciation for nature and want to properly steward my little corner of this earth. I believe deeply in the “do what you can, where you are, with what you have” quote from Teddy Roosevelt.
What I am facing is a potential career change that would limit my future earning power. It is what I have wanted to do for half my life, but have talked myself out of repeatedly. There are a lot of downsides to the potential career change and I have yet to officially pursue anything, but I am fairly confident it’s something I will do. It would allow me more time for the farm, which is a big plus.
I should note here that I never intend to have the farm be my full time job or only income. I don’t want to replace the stress relief I feel in the garden with having to worry about how I’m going to pay the mortgage or the car note or other bills. I would like to turn it into something more than it is now, but I plan on always having off-farm income.
What I want out of the farm really comes back to why I started this in the first place:
- Grow my own food
- Help the environment
- Let animals be animals
I am sitting down and mulling over what that means for the future. I know I want to introduce bees next year. I want a dairy cow or two at some point in the future. I want to expand the orchard and add some nut trees. I would love to build a barn at some point.
The career transition would happen in a little over two years, with school starting in a year. At some point in the next two years I anticipate actually purchasing the farm, which would ideally be the only debt I carry into the transition.
It’s a lot to think about and I’m somewhat glad it’s too rainy to get outside and do much.