Thursday, November 19, 2015
We want to be farmers
As many of you know, Gerry and I have been looking for a place for quite some time now. We finally made the decision to put our house on the market and go for it seriously, not just dreaming of a day....
We recently found a place, a perfect piece of land to spend the next 20 or so years of our life,
growing, nurturing and being good stewards of the land. 22 acres with apples and pears and blueberries. Fertile land that a man and woman put their lives into, land they loved and cared for, land that earned them a decent honest living and fed their community good organic food. He has passed and she is heading on to a new adventure. She wants caretakers for the farm she so loved with her partner. We want to be those caretakers. And so we have made an offer to purchase this amazing farm. Our lives will be forever changed if we are chosen and we will see our dream become a reality.
We made an offer last weekend. And so we wait. Other offers are coming in, the seller loves this land and must be sure of the people she entrusts the farm to. We only hope that she believes in our dream as we do. The fate of our future lies in the hands of one woman's decision. So scary.....
There is a beautiful stream below the house for quiet meditation after a hard day working the farm. A place to plan, to rest, to see the possibilities of this land.
There are quiet woods to walk in.
But mostly there is the land. We have thought of so many possibilities as we have walked this farm. What ifs: what if we partnered with the garden store where I work, offered organic gardening workshops, bee keeping workshops, pollinator garden workshops...... what if we invited artists and musicians and had special events when the farm is at its best, what if we expose more and more people to organic gardening, supply restaurants quality produce, work at farmer's markets, invite school classrooms. What if we built a greenhouse and I could supply seed starts to the store where I work. We could have a winter garden, we could set up a hydroponic system. An herb garden for teas and soap making and remedies. So many many ideas are swimming in my head. If we can only get an acceptance.
If this land chooses us, we have an exciting future ahead of us. We are so ready for this change. If we don't get it, we go back to realtor.com and start our search all over again. It is so stressful, to say the least. I have one of those stress colds I get when I have to deal with things that involve my life but other people are in control of. It is so difficult to be in a position where someone else is in complete control of the outcome for something you want so bad. It is such a helpless feeling. We have made the best offer we can afford, we wrote a heartfelt letter, telling of our intentions. We did our best. Now our future is waiting in competition with other people that also want this farm.
If you have any connections out there in this Universe, please put out some prayers for us. We want this so bad. It will be a hard battle to lose. Fingers crossed everyone!!!!