October was a month of big changes for us. It was month of reality, learning, accepting, and growing. We started the month and ended the month on the south line. We cleared our first meadow, by hand, and Mark had it seeded with rye grass and clover by Halloween. Goal achieved and accomplished. Did I mention we did all of this by hand? Well, Mark did the majority of the work. I helped a little. The reason we did this by hand is because this is the way we want to cultivate our property. We want to maintain as much of the original integrity of the land as possible and by shaping it by hand without the use of heavy equipment, we are going to achieve this. It is also giving us both a bigger sense of accomplishment.
The biggest milestone of October was our transition from having property to a farm. We bought 6 goats from a farmer in High Springs, and brought them to live with us. We had high hopes and very high expectations that this transition would go smoothly. We learned very quickly that it would not. And looking back, we are now okay with that. We learned so much in a very long and very tiring week. One of the most valuable lessons we learned was that farm life will always throw challenges your way, it's how you react and adapt that determines your outcome. Within one week of bringing the goats to our farm, we went from 6 to 10. We wound up with one bottle baby, who is currently camping out at night in a box in our garage, and unfortunately, lost the little buckling on Halloween morning.
This week life around the farm has calmed down and we are getting into a good routine. The goats are starting to calm down and we have the littlest and most brave one eating out of our hand!
Stay tuned for November!!! Some really exciting things are happening!!!//tr
In 2014 a couple of 40-somethings decided to make a change. The purchase of 10 raw, pine scrub acres along Florida's Nature Coast started it all. This is that story.