“Land leases, insurance. Inventory, contracts. Budgets, grant applications, orders, marketing. Taxes. It’s all work, but not the kind that makes you sweat. (Except maybe the taxes.) The weeks between the last of the harvesting and the first of the sugaring contain the highest percentage of the non-sweaty jobs. I think most of us who choose farming do so because we prefer the sweaty jobs. A younger farmer said to me recently, I wish I could just farm, and not have to make money from it. I understand the sentiment but we must take it all as a whole.
There was plenty of outdoor work this week, too. There was a crew cutting and splitting firewood, to use next spring for sugaring; another crew logged some timber from the woods just east of Monument Field, and took it down to Jonathon Pribble to be milled into lumber, which is now stacked in the barnyard and ready to use where needed. The seeds arrived, four big boxes, which Kirsten sorted and stored, ready for the greenhouse, which starts in a month.
Meanwhile, the dairy is running full tilt…” Continue reading this Essex Farm Note.
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