So here we are, four months later, with a slightly different scent in the wind. Our first summer as potential homesteaders/gardeners/land-opportunists was ... an experience. We went big, really big, and learned the dedication and constant care that such an adventure takes. It does make sense that growing living edibles would take knowledge, persistence, and care.. alot of it. Not that we weren't able to provide these things, we just weren't prepared, in several ways, to provide them on such a scale that we set our selves up for. Although we were able to enjoy the rewards of fresh berries, vibrant summer squash, juicy tomatoes, and even a few fresh eggs; we also were somewhat defeated in the end by massive loads of weeds and crop loss by the dozens. But that's ok! We learned and are not discouraged, we just have a better sense of our direction and how to balance growing food, a family, and a business.
As for the business side of things.. what a beautiful ride the past five years have been! The strides Tim and I continue to make with the ever growing motivation we receive from our patrons and supporters is sometimes unreal to me. I do not know that five years ago, sitting on the floor of our small studio apartment and digging through small bags of scrapped t shirts placing them together on gas station hats, did I think this is where it would all lead to. To be able to support our family and lifestyle on our own hard work and love for the ability to create.. it's truly amazing and we are grateful for it everyday. Not to say these strides don't bring their struggles, but they are entirely worth it in the grand scheme of things. It has taken time, along with many other things, to get to this point and I look forward to continuing this amazing journey with my family the has sprouted from it.
So that's the ramble for this check in, with love and sincerity.