So I have been in deep thought as to what to blog on next…I could have written a great piece about Valentine’s Day or President’s Day…but I decided I really wanted to focus on something a little more personal.
Being HOME GROWN…
What do I mean by that? I’m glad you asked. You see I will be the first to admit I have eaten my fair share of processed foods in this lifetime. However, if you have ever had the opportunity to eat chicken, or turkey, or beef or even produce that was grown organically, with love in your own back yard, you would know the difference within your first bite.
About four years ago my wife and I decided to create a small garden in our front yard. We built two small two by eight square foot gardens. We planted tomatoes, peppers and attempted cucumbers and a few other things. It was great, and we had more than we needed. We also planted five rose bushes along with all kinds of awesome flowers to make everything so beautiful. (Well my wife did)
The first year was fantastic, the second year was awesome. We then decided to take our two small gardens and move to the farm…Our small little spot in Point Pleasant, Ohio on that tiny little plot of land; a tenth of an acre to almost 7 acres…
We’ve been here two years now and it has been a ride. I’ll have to show you all some pictures soon, but we took a broken down 20x24 barn and turn it into the chicken Taj Mahal. Our two tiny square foot gardens we had are now one giant garden on an area a little over an eighth of an acre. I mean to put it into perspective for us, our new garden spot is bigger than the entire area the old house and the property were on. Crazy right!?
Now we have 13 chickens going on 30, three goats, and ours neighbor’s cows in our backyard. Our garden is producing so much we are starting a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) where our friends or community members can come and share in what we are doing.
Every once in a while we will have to buy some tomatoes from the store and the difference is staggering. You have to realize that in the Midwest tomatoes don’t grow unless they are in a hot house. So most of the tomatoes you buy in a store are shipped in, gassed to ripen and keep from rotting. But if I want a tomato in the winter I guess I have to sacrifice for now. Soon I’ll have a green house and I’ll grow them all year long…how about that…
So what’s next?
Well, I think there will be some pigs soon on the farm, maybe a dairy goat or two… our flower farming will increase this year…more turkeys and chickens, maybe through in a few ducks…so many plans. I’d like to tell them all to you, but maybe you should just come and see for yourself…
Regardless, I guess the purpose of this rant is to let you know how much I have enjoyed being home grown. The meat, the produce, the flowers, it’s so much better grown in our yard or when you know it’s clean and fresh. No one expects you to change your ways or your eating habits tomorrow, but hey, if you’d like some advice on creating your own square foot garden or starting a flock of your own chickens give me a shout, I’d be happy to help. If you want to be a part of the CSA, let me know. Love to have you!
God has blessed us with this opportunity! We are so amazed by what we have been able to accomplish in two years and are excited as to what is come. We pray for God’s guidance in this endeavor and pray for yours as well!
Peace be with you!