These 2 posts might be the best ones yet if you are trying to figure out why a 40 year old educated black divorced mom and grandmother would leave the comforts of urban life and decide to be a farmer for the rest of her life (among other things that I plan to do while retired!). The answer very simply is that I didn't. What I did was... I decided that it was not enough to develop solutions on paper and personally embrace ideals for sustainable living and sustainable community re-pioneering. I decided that planning in theory needed to be followed by real-time living. My theory is either right, partially right or flat out wrong and a solution is only valuable if it works in real life! On paper my models for convertible community development are nearly flawless. I come from an accounting and tax background (career #1) and a community development and strategic planning background (career #2) and my models look fabulously promising...on paper but that is NOT good enough! What is my theory?
Theory: If we don't re-pioneer society so that we are living by a code of sustainable values and their resulting sustainable behaviors we will self destruct. Therefore, we must begin to test and work the kinks out of solutions for re-pioneering our societies so that we are, in real practice, living out a set of sustainable values.
That's my theory. We either fix out mess and the mess we are making of the world and our earth or we will destroy ourselves! So what? How does that tie into why I am a farmer? Well, because I value living a sustainable life, a natural byproduct of that desire is to make sure that my food choices are also sustainable decisions. I personally don't want to be 1 or 2 or 5 steps removed from my food. I want to be able to control the decisions about where my food comes from and how it is produced. If I do that, I am able to take full responsibility for as many variables as possible. I cannot control the contaminants in our environment that will rain down with the spring showers on my land. I cannot control in full the quality of my initial seed and meat stock (but I can make wise decisions on where I get them from). I am resolved that there are some (spelled MANY) things I cannot control but I will take responsibility for the things I can control and food is one of those critical "things". So the natural byproduct of wanting to control my food choices is to be my own farmer. And farm I will. My farm is in its start up phase. Because farming is a part of a convertible community model it is tied to homesteading. My farm must be able to support full time living as well as food production. In this phase I am actively engaged in homestead preparation tasks and ground preparation. I am also raising 2 test flocks of quail which is looking like a very good fit for meat/egg/protein sustainability as well as one of the streams of commerce (revenue) from the farm. One of the test flocks is the breeder flock of Japanese Quail and the other is a small layer flock of quail hens and 1 quail rooster that will be the first sample of the meat potential. He will contribute to the nutritional intake of the farmer (ME!) and will provide some real-time data on the ease of dressing the quail which will be important data as the flock is developed for commerce.
So I am a farmer because it is a natural by product of my decisions to live a sustainable lifestyle!
In the second post I will go into more specific detail on the "convertible community concept".
Thanks for reading!