Truly it's not been a bad experience, though it was not the experience I had been hoping for. And no, I'm not done here. None of this goes away, but it does change. I can see that I am now to the point of "honing" the systems at work here. Actually, it's a nice place to be--far less frantic, and much more problem solving and thought involved. Right now, I have enough livestock to keep us. And when I don't, the livestock I have can make more of itself. Input-wise, I will have to continue to purchase meat birds, but layers can breed themselves, ducks can breed themselves (if ever I wanted to add more of the dang things), geese blah blah, rabbits obviously can multiply, and goats? I've got 9. Eventually we will purchase a pig for food, and one day I would really like to add a larger fiber animal (probably another goat, just because I've got the hang of those guys), but that's about the size of it.
So the honing begins, and it's going to be about how to make this place run more efficiently, and how to get more from the land that's here. The 3000 square feet of garden is producing well. I won't know how well until the end of the year, but it's looking promising. I need to continue to use it well and to feed it well, so it will feed us well. And I have to get the hang of cover cropping and growing in different seasons. I'm still in the dark on those two things.
I would like to have the systems relate to each other better--that's a big thing for me as well. It's all about permaculture and holons. Yep, you're going to hear more about that next time, so if you don't know what that is, you will! It's also about problem solving, because there are a couple issues that really need addressing and more that I know will come up along the way.
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In short, I want to see this place hum. I want to see it all relate to each other and become an efficient whole. So what do you say, friends? Let's rock it and see what shakes out.
'Till next time,