Friday, May 27, 2011

May Worries

Renting is driving me mad. There, I said it. Initially, it seemed like a wonderful way to get to the area we wanted to live in, the house we rented seemed to be just what we were looking for in terms of expanding our farming base and had the possibility of long term renting with an option to buy. But sometimes you get into something, thinking you've done your due dilligence and it isn't at all what you thought. It happens. It's not irresponsibility, it's just the way things work out.

It's terribly frustrating and worrisome when it happens though. This week I planted the very last of the crops we'll grow here. We had initially thought we would stay here a few years as we worked toward our final goal but the landlords attitude towards keeping the house running, the exhoribtant cost of fuel for communting and the neighborhood restrictions have squashed that view. We're looking at October for moving. Right when the pumpkins should be hardening up, a month before the turkeys get butchered, the time when cover crops and garlic get planted.

I'm already looking ahead five months, trying to figure out when and where we'll move, how we'll get there and what we can do. Five months seems like forever. When you're considering leases, its just too far ahead to sign, but considering we're already five months into 2011 it's a drop in the bucket in terms of time lines.

Our initial dream of building our own home ourselves on our own land had withered and died as the new spring grass was rising from the once frozen ground. It just can't happen for us when we're going month to month in a "food or gas?" state of accounts. While I miss them, it was a silent blessing larger livestock didn't stay on board here this year.

Right now, we're downscaling. Five of the three month hens found a new home yesterday. We're looking to rehome four rabbits leaving just our two breeding stock. Half the turkeys will be gone by Thanksgiving, a few chickens this weekend will become groceries. We're still debating what to do and where to do it. Florida is a humid, hot task master making farming more a chore than a joy, the half a year heat is something I'm thinking paradise to escape. But these are vast, huge choices and with our past bad luck of moving to a place and then finding out it isn't condusive to our dreams, makes those choices even more foreboding. Makes it even more difficult to make a choice as my thoughts continuously run around all the ways I could (and probably will) screw it up.

The what-ifs of moving, chosing and planning are weighing heavy on my May mind.


  1. I am so sorry to hear of your disappointment! Please don't give up on the dream though. This is just a detour and learning experience. Take all that knowledge and build on it towards your goal of house and land.

  2. All the best to you, for 'peace' of mind, and clarity. I wish I could live on a farm and help this local food movement. Be clear on your intent, send it out to the universe, you shall get what you ask for...xoxo Trish

  3. I am so sorry that this move proved to be not the dream you had planned. You will find the right place, but it is difficult to find any rentals with land and acceptance of farm animals. I had to rent my place a year before I actually moved in, just because they are so rare. Make a list of what you need, and then talk to the landlord at the next place about everything, so you won't have any surprises. You might want to put an ad on craigslist, you might get some leads.

    I will be praying for you as you make these big decisions.

  4. Crystal, sorry to hear this is a tough time for you guys, but I'm glad to hear that you have valued the experience. What you guys have done is amazing!

    I was once talking to a friend about difference phases of my life (some successful, some not so much) and she said that she envied that because she looked back and saw hers as all the things she *wished* she had tried.

    Playing it safe with always get you a similar result, but taking risks opens up endless possibilities and experiences most people only dream of!