Monday, January 10, 2011

Dreaming, Planning and Farming

"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams."

— Dr. Seuss
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."

— Dr. Seuss (Oh, the Places You'll Go!)
During the holidays, we spent a lot of time discussing how we want to live, including how best to integrate The farm into our long term vision.  We have been very fortunate!
 Hooves and Hounds Farm has accomplished more that we could have imagined in three short years, we have both learned much.
Just yesterday Bob and I went trail riding , each on "our own" draft horses, (to think my city boy wanted nothing to do with horses.)
With the cool  winter temperatures, winds and shadows Nickel was full of spirit, he tried at least a 1/2 dozen times to toss Bob.
In the spring the farm will see the addition of many freezer animals to be harvested in the fall.
Bob and I have agreed there will be a calf and two pigs, a 1/2 dozen to dozen chickens for roasting and six more laying hens, I am reading up on Turkeys and Meat rabbits but that has yet to be decided.
We will host an open house/ barn sale the third Sunday in March (March 20th) this is The First Day of Spring and the morning of Maple Sunday. The sale will feature the first official showcase of my digital prints as well as baked goods , painted furniture and flea market finds.I spent hours Saturday night viewing photo's trying to make selections.
Cooking classes will kick off in the late spring, with both adult and children 8-11 and 12-16 classes.
Beginners Classes to create fresh fast menus from local food.
We are still looking at adding Farm Stays
What's a Farm stay? as defined

Also known as agritourism or agriturismo, farmstays can encompass a range of accommodations from rural bed and breakfasts to working ranches and cattle farms. Some farm stays are quite luxurious, with spacious rooms and homemade breakfasts each morning; in this sort of accommodation, your closest contact with the farm itself may be a leisurely stroll across a rolling pasture. Other farm stays offer more hands-on activities, which could include learning about the workings of a vineyard or even pitching in to help with milking cows and feeding livestock.

This morning's sky says pending storm: "red sky at night...sailors delight red sky in the morning sailors take warning." The weather man says 6-8" Wednesday night into Thursday I am just trying to stay on course.

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