Thursday, July 14, 2011

Community Nursing Garden

Some snap shots of the 3rd year of the Community Nursing Home Garden. Wow! It's getting large! I picked green beans for dinner and a few small zucchini were ready. You have to watch them as they can grow as long as your leg! Last year one was hidden between the leaves and I didn't catch it until it was too large. So I made Zucchini cake. Not Bread but cake. It was delicious. It probably would of made a hundred cakes as it was that large. I should of weighted it.

Working on my Farm Plan. Bobby and I will have a farm soon and will be asking for help. Stay tuned.

Enjoy your summer.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Visit to an Organic Farm

Bobby and I drove up to Grayslake Sunday and spend 4 hours touring a lovely 45 acre Organic Farm. 12-15 acres were used to grow vegetables for their CSA. Nice couple and gave us a tour first of their equipment, tractors, tillers and many different implements. Then a tour on a flat bed trailer through their acres. I think there were over 40 people and it was an enjoyable day. Chickens were scattered through out and it was great watching them. A nice working farm.

CSA's are a lot of work as they had over 400 customers. So that means when they are picking the produce and packing it, and they have to do it 400 times. It's something to think about when we plan the type of farm we want. The options are endless. Agri Tourism, road side stand, farmers markets, CSA, animals, etc... the list is huge. We have a couple of years to get it all together. But I think I got Bobby excited as he was looking up farms on the computer today at lunch. I gave him the farming bug.

Next month we are visiting another one in Ottawa. This one has a CSA which includes meat.

Posting as I can. I hope my rambling makes sense. I read over my past posts and I do change tunes a lot. One day shoes the next I'm knitting. But know this. It's all preparing us for the Farm life. Sustainable and self sufficient. And I will document the process.

Friday, July 8, 2011


I think this is the one. Not sure if it will be available next year but this is the type of farm we want to buy. It has a stream running through for constant water, enough pasture to feed the animals, out buildings already in place eliminating the building needs and it's just plain cute as anything. It has that feeling. Again, it might not be available next year but it's going on the blog.

It's started. The Farm Account. I've set up an account just for the farm. I am focused to make this happen.