Wolf and I have been busy planning and plotting. We’ve been talking about establishing ourselves as farmers and what it is we need to do.
I’ve taken some small steps over the last year. I went and I got us address labels then I started selling our eggs. Seemingly small steps however they were big to me because to be identified to the outside world Howling Hill exists is really, really scary for me. Friends and family know I’ve been calling our home Howling Hill since we moved here six years ago but letting the general public — and our neighbors — know was a big step for me as I tend to want to hide myself away.
Today we sat down and made some decisions. First, we will continue to call our farm, where ever that may be, Howling Hill. I’ve talked about us moving many, many times here on this blog (those are only two of the posts on moving I could find. Forgive me for not putting in too much effort) and it was a big discussion what we will call our new place. Do we give the new land a different name or keep it as “Howling Hill”? Wolf was of the opinion that we should change the name because it’s a new place. While I would normally be in agreement, I’ve been blogging here for four years and I don’t want to lose everything I done here nor do I want to have business card for a farm with a website different than the name of the farm. There may be some issues trying to register “Howling Hill” with the state because there is a business with that name so we may have to be something like “Howling Hill Farmstead” or something akin (not Howling Hill Farm though).
So because we made the decision to continue to call ourselves “Howling Hill” we went and joined NOFA NH. This is something we’ve been meaning to do for quite some time but didn’t have any extra cash. We’re also looking into coming up with $615 for the Local Harvest CSA. It’s a lot, A LOT!, of money but it appears to offer what we want food wise.
Lastly, we joined Small and Beginner Farmers New Hampshire (SBFNH). This is another small step in establishing ourselves a little more.
Wolf and I are still not sure what we’ll be farming. This is something we put a lot of discussion into. We kinda feel like we’re debating which comes first: the chicken or the egg. We feel like this because I don’t think we can make any decisions regarding what we can farm (animals, food) until we have the land and, while he agrees, he doesn’t feel like we can make any decisions about land — or look for any — until we know what we want to farm. It’s a discussion we want to have with Glenn and Maggie of Maggie Mae Farm and Doreen and Eric of Gitch’s Funny Farm and it’s also a discussion I’m thinking of putting forth to the SBFNH listserv.