Farm Plans for 2010


| 1/15/2010 2:59:00 PM


Tags: Hatching eggs, Incubator, Guineas, Organic status,

What a Ride!

(from Andrew)

A photo of the Sell family December 2009Here we are at the beginning of a new year. It strikes me in a strange way. On the one hand, we have completed one exhausting year. We have several new ventures under our belt with a litany of successes and failures. On the other hand, we have a new and uncharted path ahead of us, filled with those same elements. If I were a normal person, I think that I would be filled with a certain amount of anxiety. Why would anyone want to go through that mess again? But, instead, I am filled with a different feeling. I think that it is excitement.

Although things have been so tumultuous for us, the one thing that has remained ever-constant is God. It is difficult for me to speak in such terms, but I know that the only reason that we were able to forge ahead at such a speed was because we were being pulled by divine power. That is why I am excited. I cannot wait to see the trials and adventures that await us in the coming year.

I think the reason that this is a strange feeling is because we are in between. With the cold weather we are forced to turn inward and even though 2010 is started, we are in a sort of planning mode, and it feels like we haven’t moved yet.

But we have. We have set in motion great plans already. Plans that will significantly alter the face of this farm for years to come. It is because of God’s faithfulness that we are planning as boldly as we are. He has shown Himself plainly to be a motivator of our works. You would be amazed at how confident you become when you truly believe that the God of the Universe is intimately passionate about your success.

The biggest news is that after many years of back and forth discussions, we have decided to apply for Organic Certification. Currently, as many of you know, we bill ourselves as “Beyond Organic.” If you are not familiar with this term it simply means that we hold ourselves to traditional “Organic” standards but are not beholden to some of it’s more tedious (and arguably superfluous) elements. This worked well for us in the past because our customers were collected by word-of-mouth, but now we will need to expand. Organic Certification allows new customers to instantly know for certain that we believe and are committed to a belief structure that is sustainable.

becky and andy
2/28/2010 2:08:27 PM

Drew, Thank you for the kind and encouraging words! I will be sending another post soon about the chicks; they are so big now! And yes, the ups are great, but the downs give perspective. both are needed for a true appreciation of the path we've traveled. Dave, Thanks for the insight with the guinea hens! And we appreciate your faith. It really gives life meaning, doesn't it? Angelique, You are wonderful and excited and completely needing the encouragement of like-minded people. We want to help you! We do have a FB page. If you go to Grit's site, or do a search for "Foxwood Farm Organic" you'll find us. Or become friends with Andrew and I. That would be ok, too!


angelique
2/24/2010 2:09:01 PM

Becky, do you have a FB page? I would love to chat with you on so many of the things you are doing. We're trying to start our own 'Green Acres' dream, known as LaGier Farm. We've been with the Navy for over 20 years, and could use some wisdom. :)


nebraska dave
1/20/2010 12:44:32 PM

Andy & Becky, what a great attitude you both have about the life style you have chosen to live. Your kids are going to love growing up and experiencing the wonders of country living. Those youth years contain some of my best memories. At one time or another I’ve participated in raising and processing almost every kind of farm animal. You are correct about the Guineas. They are the best watch dogs imaginable. Anything out of the ordinary will cause them to create a ruckus that can not be ignored. One thing though they can fly real well and like to roost in trees unless there’s bad weather coming. They can predict weather better than any weather man ever can. So if they on their own free will decide to bed down in the coop, batten down the hatches cause weather is on the way. I happen to believe God does watch over us and if we ask will give us wisdom and direction to make the right decisions in life. I’m looking forward to reading more about your experiences.


anotherkindofdrew
1/16/2010 4:24:22 PM

WOW! Congratulations on an awesome year. I know you spoke of trials and tribulations as well as victories but what year wouldn't be worth celebration if it weren't for the ups AND downs? There are so many things that I want to comment on but before I do, I want to say congratulations on seeking C.O. I think that is great and with only about an acre of garden plus your dairy and chickens, y'all are proof that you don't need to be a mega-farmer or a government-subsidary to have a great offering. I look forward to seeing how the babies in the Hova-bator turn out. Please keep us posted. Thank you for sharing the testimony on faith as well. It is not always easy to talk about on such an open blog but it is obviously something that has been a large part of your family and where you are now. Be encouraged and please do keep the faith. Wishing you an awesome 2010! -Drew www.anotherkindofdrew.com





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