It’s been so beautifully warm here in Central New Hampshire for the last week or so. There was one morning with rain but it cleared out so Sun could shine and warm us mere humans up. Honestly, I could stand this weather till spring.
Wolf went up to Gitch’s Funny Farm yesterday to assist in the culling of turkeys. I don’t remember how many he and Erik ended up culling but I think two dozen. Wolf is exhausted but happy. He enjoys working with Erik and assisting up on their farm and would rather be body tired than brain tired.
This morning I asked Wolf “you realize you’re Erik’s apprentice now, right?” to which he replied “Yea, you’re right.” He then went on to say he’d like to spend some time with Doreen so she can teach him how she does her books, orders grain/feed and animals, and all the other stuff. So, Doreen, expect a call from Wolf about this in the near future.
The good news is Wolf and I have paid off a couple of our bills which will allow us to make bloated payments to other bills. This means we should be caught up by the middle of 2010. We’ll be able to save for a farm of our own! You have no idea how happy this makes us. This morning we sat down and made a list of things to research to include grants and mortgages, heritage breeds verses commercial breeds, etc.
The bad news is we’re going to have to move from this area. We’ll still be in New Hampshire but it depends on where I get a job. I’m going to apply for jobs in the Sunapee and Seacoast areas of NH. This means we’ll move somewhere between where I work and Concord (the state capital). The old saying goes “All roads lead to Rome.” It’s the same here in NH: all roads lead to Concord so it’s in the middle of the state essentially. This allows us to access farmers markets and coops in a much bigger area than if we stay where we are right now. While I’d love to stay where we live there just aren’t any jobs for me here without having to travel over an hour and that’s just not cool with me.
We’ve made the decision Wolf will quit his job and stay on the farm full time while I work. The good thing about that is I can (probably) work two 24 hour shifts so I’ll only be off farm two days a week. Our farm will be a combination of “just us” and profitable so we can sell a lot of what we grow.
Our plans: vegetables, fruits, honey, chicken, goat, and pig.
Of course, all of this depends on the economy and me getting a full time job which pays enough to support a farm. We’re totally open to suggestion so please comment early and often. Give us hints, tips, and advice!