We’ve had another interesting week here on our little farmstead. We had to run over to the county courthouse and find out the process for getting permissions on some things we need to do to the outside of the house and ended up finding something that I always thought would be exciting to have but ended up being really depressing.
This is our little farm back in 1990. Not a super old picture but still almost 25 years old. While it’s neat to see how and where everything was and how everything was set up, it makes me sad to go outside and see it now with run-down buildings that are falling apart. Amazing how just a few years of disrepair and someone that didn’t keep up with the upkeep will do that to a place. So this picture is a source of some sadness but it’s also great motivation. I want the buildings to look this nice again!
So now that in the interior of the house is almost all the way done, we’ve turned out attention to the outside and what’s next for our farmstead. This week we created a purpose for all the buildings that will be able to stay (some are unsafe and need to be torn down). We are looking forward to this next phase of planning and work!
One thing that we’ve already been working on is the pastures. When we moved here they were covered in 6 foot tall weeds and totally unusable. We purchased our goats in the spring and they’ve been doing their job! About half the pasture areas are cleaned up so far and this week we were able to plow up one of them. Our next step is to find some native grass seed and replant the pasture so by next summer it should be looking quite good! The picture at the very top of this post is a section of one of the fields that we’ve already done this process to (this spring). The grass is looking very nice already!
This coming week we will start working on fixing and moving fences and thoroughly going around the buildings to see what repairs they need. All buildings need new roofs, some need their foundations fixed, and at least one needs to be torn down completely. It will be a big long project but we are ready for it!
I’ve been busy canning this week as I had a big fruit order from Azure Standard. So far I’ve only got the apples done but the peaches will be later today and I will start on the pears this weekend. So much yummy fresh fruit for winter! I also canned up a big batch of pinto beans for some quick warm meals.
And of course when you work hard you need to play hard too! Our apple tree in the front turned out to be mostly ornamental crab apples but has one branch of regular apples. We enjoyed a few for a snack this week and Farmer Boy decided he needed some too…but he decided it would be more fun to roll them like bowling balls down the driveway. Of well, free entertainment right? 🙂 His arm has finally started to heal for those of you following that little saga, another 4 weeks at least in the cast though. 🙁
Ok, I better get back to work!
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