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Why on earth would we want to farm? (part two)

So, apparently I have a lot to talk about!  I wasn't intending this to be a multiple part series.  So, anyway a little background on my husband and I.  We both grew up in small towns about two hours away from a good mall.  I know...the horror...right...  Jon grew up in his small town since he was born and I moved to my small town when I was ten years old after the divorce of my parents.  He grew up on a cattle and hog farm, while I kept planting those dang corn seeds.  After meeting in college, falling in love and getting married, we both settled in to what seemed like the life that everyone lives after graduating college.  But we were both disasstisfied.  Jon really wanted to start his own business and wanted a flexible lifestyle that both of us could work together to attain.  I just really wanted to garden, raise chickens and putter away the day with my many crafts.  We had joked about moving back to our small towns and starting to farm, but we were never serious.  After all, you can't make a living in farming...  

We continued to feel the pull towards the simple life as I got more interested in organic and local foods and of course...chickens.  That's a whole other blog post!  After watching Food Inc, I think we both had an epiphany.  We could do that...we could raise our own meat and vegetables and still make some money!  I googled
Joel Salatin so fast, it made my head spin.  And we continued to plot into the night about whether we could seriously make a living farming or not.  At the end of the night, we put away those dreams and went back to living the life we thought we were supposed to be living.  But neither one of us could put those dreams of a farm out of our head.  I'm not sure when we both decided this is it...we're doing this if it kills us.  But we did!  And we are now starting our adventure this spring on 160 acres of rented land.  It's gonna be a lot of work, but I could think of nothing that I would rather do in life.  So here we are...

one crazy girl with big dreams

plus, one husband with a kick ass farmer's beard...

plus Max, our lovable sidekick

equals: Open Sky Farms!!!

Steven Romero  – (January 18, 2011 at 7:44 PM)  

I definitely dig the beard! The UCLA shirt - not so much - jk! I'm an Aggie what can I say?

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