The Money

DSC_0874Ok. So, I want to share some of the disappointments and victories from our undertakings this summer. I want to share some of the realities of the financial end of starting some temporary and small farming enterprises. I will try to make it concise and helpful. And if you want more information you can let me know.

Tony and I have “wwoofed” or helped on over two dozen farms all over the world. We did, after all, fall in love while sorting freshly pulped coffee beans at a remote farm in Nepal. After several years of learning and helping on farms we didn’t own, we decided we needed to head down the road of finding something we could take more ownership of. We want our own land, but are still figuring out exactly where that might be and how to afford it. But in the meantime, we sought a situation where we would still be on someone else’s land, but take full ownership and responsibility of our time, enterprises, and income.

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summertime at Mastodon Valley Farm

our first Farmer's Market as vendors

our first Farmer’s Market as vendors

Hello again, from Wisconsin! It is summertime now, but the weather has been relatively mild lately (which is wonderful!).¬†We’ve been staying busy on Mastodon Valley Farm, and time is passing quickly. So, what’s new?

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Mastodon Valley Farm: the first 5 weeks

Hello! I am writing to you from the comfort of the air-conditioned library in Viola, Wisconsin, just a few miles away from Mastodon Valley Farm, our current home. The days have been getting intensely hot lately so we have opted to hide in the afternoons. Time has sure escaped us and we’ve been here just over 5 weeks now. Before too much time passes, I want to share some of our recent happenings. I will highlight a few things from each week:

WEEK 1

our first batch of Freedom Ranger chicks

our first batch of Freedom Ranger chicks

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visiting the Salatins at Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia

the entrance to Polyface farm in Swoope, Virginia.

the entrance to Polyface farm in Swoope, Virginia.

I have applied to be a Polyface Summer Intern with Joel Salatin and his family for two years in a row. The first year I did not make it past the first round of questions, but the second year I did, and was invited as one of 45 “check outs” for a two day visit this last December. I want to share my experience with you, but will first explain the application and acceptance process. Continue reading