We Used To Be Farmers

| 2/12/2015 10:33:00 AM

Transitional TraditionsIt wasn't more than seven years ago, that day. That day we became farmers. We were a family of three, trying to take over the farm from my folks in rural Wisconsin. We had big dreams. We had big plans. And we had no idea what we were in for.

Three years of hard, hard work. Three years of amazing, blessed experiences. Three years of heartbreaking life lessons.

And it was over. We moved on to what we thought was the answer; a farm across the state. But that only furthered our life's journey and heartbreak. Eventually we came back to the Fox Valley. We came back to live in the city.

We were no longer farmers. We worked with farms and local food. We championed those still in that noble profession. But being and doing and living what we were in the late 2000s? That dream was never revived.

Even when we moved back to the countryside, on our own plot of land and a home with potential ... it didn't seem that we would ever be in that farming life fully again.

Today, we are a family of six. When I last wrote here, we had just moved to our farmette and were settling in nicely. Potential with jobs and land and home were endless, and that hasn't really changed.

2/15/2015 7:53:44 AM

Becky, there you are. I missed you and your life updates. Welcome back to the GRIT blogging community. I started lurking around the GRIT blogs in February of 2009 and followed your blog through most of the journey and moves. I have often wondered what ever happened to you and your family. Farming is a tough occupation for income to raise a family. Organic farming is even more difficult. I'm glad that you still get to live in the country. My dream was to live in the country and have my own homestead but life didn't agree with that dream so now with two vacant lot gardens in the inner city and another in my urban backyard, I'm a self proclaimed Urban farmer. It does keep me busy in my retirement. ***** Have a great country living day.

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