I’m sitting on my deck overlooking the Boquet Mountains.
It’s dusk and the birds are performing a unique sonic backdrop I’ve not heard before.
Possibly a mixture of new mating calls and conversations that is marked by this time of year.
The orchestra has now finished its third act.
It’s darker now but still glowing.
The fireflies begin to mirror the sky as a few stars and planets become visible and sparkle.
Several bats have just flown by, probably a little closer than I would like.
I’m happy to see them engaged in their nighttime activities.
This past month in May it marked a year since I’ve been living at the farm full-time and much has happened.
The agri-preneur in me wishes we were further on, but as they say in Norwegian, “ting tar tid” (things take time).
I have to keep reminding myself that it’s the journey, not the destination that matters most.
It’s in the quest part where “real life” happens.
A Year in Pictures
(All photos, credit: me.)
Other fun stuff:
- Had to change plans a bit on our bread oven due to quixotic town zoning.
- (Soon after that) Applying for inclusion for our farm into Essex County’s Ag District.
- Attending the 2016 Grain Growers Conference in Essex, VT and Hay School at the Miner Institute in Chazy, NY.
- Learning about new opportunities in Community Supported Solar with ANCA at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.
The Late Spring Push
The month of June has/will be an interesting time here at the farm.
As part of our “home occupation” allowed usage, I am building our bread oven in the garage / future farm store.
In addition to constructing a masonry oven with 5 foot by 7 foot hearth, it needs concrete floor work first, insulation installed and interior wall covering up.
This all to be done during the month of June.
At least that’s our plan.
I think we can do it. I have to do it.
Our future livelihood depends on it.
Stop By and Say “Hello”
Feel free to stop by this work-in-progress farm project anytime!
Obviously this June is hectic, but if you see us running around on the farm, we’d love to meet you.
Once the oven is completed, we will be attending 4-5 area farmer’s markets to try to make the most of the remaining season.
We also have plans to sell hearth-baked loaves wholesale to places like the Hub and area restaurants.
Thanks for taking this “year in pictures” journey with me today!
I’m filled with gratitude to all those that have helped us and offered sage advice this far.
There are lots of good vibes to create in the near future and we look forward to being a part of the energy that exists here today.
- Down the Hill, Over the River, Up the Hill (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Improving Soil and Water Conservation (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- A Month of New Beginnings (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Help Bring An Old Farm Back To Life (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Making Hay While the Sun Shines (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)