Sunday, January 31, 2010

Farmer jokes...

Howdy all,

I will be the proverbial 'helper' or 'farm hand' on this creation. I too am excited by the prospect of living off the land...
We currently have to get the greenhouse up and running, add some shelves and build a little deck around it. Maybe next set of days off...;).
Since I don't have much to add at the moment, I thought I would include a 'farmer joke'...maybe not a great one but it made me chuckle!

An out-of-towner drove his car into a ditch in a desolated area. Luckily, a local farmer came to help with his big strong horse named Buddy.He hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, "Pull, Nellie, pull!" Buddy didn't move.Then the farmer hollered, "Pull, Buster, pull!" Buddy didn't respond.Once more the farmer commanded, "Pull, Coco, pull!" Nothing.Then the farmer nonchalantly said, "Pull, Buddy, pull!" And the horse easily dragged the car out of the ditch.The motorist was most appreciative and very curious. He asked the farmer why he called his horse by the wrong name three times.The farmer said, "Oh, Buddy is blind and if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn't even try!"


Saturday, January 30, 2010

it all starts here

in my heart i am a farmer. i wanna be a real farmer. now the trick--get from here to there.

the past three days i have been immersed in the world of agriculture, more specifically horticulture, by attending 'short courses' at the pacific agricultural show. i was immensely inspired by two delightful first year farmers and a 30 year industry wise fellow. i am grateful to the three of them, as well as the people who were willing to chat with the 'wanna-be farmer'. there were awesome students who offered encouraging suggestions of how to find funding for my future, tips on possible niche crops, and a reminder to stay close to positive people and far away from those who say 'that's impossible'.

although this is my third year of veggie gardening in a small area of my backyard, this will be the first year i put in a seed order. on the high of the last three days, i crawled into the seed world (aka catalogue) and began eagerly planning this year's harvest. thanks to a welcome 'new-to-me' greenhouse that arrived this christmas, my growing season and (hopefully) harvest will be expanding this year. ooooh what anticipation!

i hope that if you happened by here you will find something that pleases you and that you will consider returning to see how my garden grows and the ripples we create.