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A Whole Farm?

Satellite view of our farm with Monopoly houses 

We sipped cold water on a hot porch as we swatted flies. Guinea hens raced through the yard shouting their protest.

“Where do they sleep?” I asked the farmer’s wife. 

“What? I can’t hear you, the guinea hens are too loud!” 

“I said WHERE DO THEY SLEEP? I DON’T SEE A COOP!” 

The noise faded as the pack passed.  

“Oh them. They sleep in the trees. Every once in a while a fox gets them, but they’re sturdy.” 

So much to learn. So much to do. 

Tom and I visited a family that raised a little bit of everything. A “whole farm,” they call it. We looked down the necks of llamas who guarded sheep. Goats nipped at our heals and cows grazed on a hill far away. 

To say that this retired cop from New York and his wife did a little of everything would be an understatement.  

Goat soap, goat milk, beef, sheep.  

I’m exhausted just thinking of it. 

Gruesome though their schedule was, they loved it. 

I think we’re gonna love it, too. 

Here’s to 2013 in North Carolina staring up at a blue sky framed with majestic poplars. 

Happy New Year! 

nebraska dave
1/5/2013 3:29:37 AM

Pauline, just remember that the "Whole Farm" didn't happen in one year. One step at a time toward a goal will get you there before you know it. Then the next newbie in town will be overwhelmed by all the things you have going on with your homestead. It's an exciting adventure you are having just don't get in too big of a hurry to make all happen. I jumped into a big project with my garden but it was not without 50 years of acquiring information and short growing attempts with a huge early life farming influence. The secret is just have a good time with it as the owners of "Whole Farm" are doing. When you start to feel its becoming a chore and not fun any more then it's time to level out for a while. You will know when it's time to start increasing your diversity of animals again. I think you are doing a great job for the first year. Have a great homestead day.