a farm

"We want to do these different things that a lot of people aren’t doing right now, and we can do that in town a little bit, but now- we can just like go crazy, you know?

Organizing. Ugh! I prefer to be out in the field, but that’s okay. We’ll get there eventually, and it’ll be pretty awesome, a lot of grandiose ideas. Everything’s kind of a loose plan but we were all kind of looking for the same thing at the same time.

I want things to be a lot more natural, you know? I think it would be really cool to have a lot of neat really overgrown stuff just all over the place. That way everything can kind of flourish.

There used to be a couple farmhouses on every square mile. People are more disconnected now, you know? There’s such a depopulation problem all over rural Midwest. But that whole era of like getting food from your neighbors is so far gone, that we’d like to get back to that. And our goal, I think, is that we would like our families to grow food for 50-100 other families, and that’ll be our CSA. And hopefully get to do- farmer’s market will hopefully just be for fun. Because it’s fun, can be so stressful. I always wanted it to be something that could be cooperative, or collective, because I have so many friends who are interested in farming.

Yeah, so you know, having your own sense of community here, you know, is definitely what we’re going for. We want to build a community out here -- a lot of community. We have a lot of friends who are really excited for us, and they come out and stuff. And we’ve had a few people just come out and camp out, you know, and it’s really nice. Because it’s something for them too, and they are excited.

I love what I’m doing now, and I feel pretty whole, and I feel healthy, and I feel happy. I feel exhausted a lot of the time. You know, it’s a lot of work, but I feel really good.I’ve wanted a farm for a really long time like since I was sixteen. But I was definitely encouraged to do something else.

Yeah, so yeah. It’s uh it’s pretty sweet. The layout is really interesting. Like, this place has a lot of character, and there is a lot that you can do with it. I mean, there’s a great amount of opportunity to sell what we’re doing, As far as all of the farm stuff, it’s very new to us. I’m very new.

You have to feel uncomfortable and vulnerable, but you also then are validated by the fact that you’re working in communion with other people and really trying to you know, experience or like think about other people and how they are operating in the space. That’s what’s great about farm life, is you can include everybody.

I don’t know how I got here kind of thing, you know? Like I kind of know, but it just happened really fast. It all kind of fell into place where we were all kind of helping each other out."

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