Recently, a seasoned farmer asked "is farming as you originally pictured it? I always find people have this romantic ideal of farm life."
It was a great question. Here we are, just over a year after this great adventure has begun and I can't say I have one moment of regret.
I am also not sure if I came into this adventure with a romantic ideal of farm life. I knew it would be hard work, a lot of hard work. I was prepared for the hours of labour involved. I think summers working at garlic farms and in strawberry fields prepared me for that type of need. What did surprise me is how easy it has been to learn so much in such a short period of time.
We were so apprehensive in the beginning, afraid to try anything that hadn't been field tested by hundreds of farmers before us. Google searching every question we had, and comparing answers before we made any type of decision.
Now we simply fly by the seat of our pants, and try things to see if they work. It has been this cavalier approach to farming that has allowed us to invent new systems, create processes that streamline work, and find ways in which to cut overhead costs.
The best lessons that anyone can learn are from costly mistakes.
We have also found that we quite enjoy the work, and get a great feeling of accomplishment when we are able cross things off our white board. We would have made great pioneers.
Having said all of that, I do still find that farming has romantic moments. Why just today I stood with my better half enjoying the most gorgeous sunset, as we stood amongst the sheep tired and weary from spending hours in the barn. Terribly romantic.