When you think of farming, you probably imagine tall corn stalks, flocks of chickens and herds of cattle. And although these things are true and relevant, farming is so much more than that. It's cultivating a way of life.
When we moved to the farm a few months ago, we had a pretty good idea of the amount of work it would take to get this place back up and running. The chicken coop had to be prepared for our 20 something baby chicks, the sheds needed to be sorted through, the pasture cleared for future livestock and ground rules set for our young flock.
We dug right in, clearing the fence line in the lower pasture. We quickly realized just how much work it would take to get this place back up and running. There are two of us. There are three of them. How much more work could we get done if we assigned each kid a task? A lot. We had one kid running the weed whacker, one kid hauling branches and one kid counting butterflies. Before we knew it, the fence line was cleared and we had clocked a good 4 hours of family time and Vitamin D consumption. It was a good day.
When we moved to the farm a few months ago, my son didn't know how to use a weed whacker. My daughter didn't know she had the strength to haul branches. We all knew the little one could count butterflies. The point is, we all learned a new skill that day. We did it out of necessity, and what we gained in return was the satisfaction of a hard day's work and hearts that were full. This is it, folks. This is why we moved to the farm. Not just to grow crops and raise animals. But to teach our kids valuable life skills that they wouldn't learn anywhere else. Give them opportunities that they wouldn't have anywhere else. We're cultivating a way of life that we wouldn't have anywhere else. Welcome to Havenwood Homestead.