About our mini farm

I realized today that it may be confusing- especially to those who have never been to our home- when we talk about our farm. It’s a name that sort of just stuck. And it does apply. But it may not be what you first think of when you visit. 

According to Google: 

  1. farm
    noun: farm; plural noun: farms
    1. 1
      an area of land and its buildings used for growing crops and rearing animals, typically under the control of one owner or manager.
      synonyms: ranchfarmsteadplantationestate, family farm, dairy farm, hobby farm

      “a farm of 100 acres”

      • the main dwelling place on a farm; a farmhouse.
        “a half-timbered farm
    2. And according to Google’s definition of a hobby farm:

      hob·by farm
      noun: hobby farm; plural noun: hobby farms
      1. a small farm operated for pleasure or supplemental income rather than for primary income.

      We really fall under that definition. 

      Quinton happily works his job and I work at home with my kids and I am a doula. 

      Our hope is to learn a number of skills that my grandparents and maybe even his grandparents would have known how to do. 

      It really feels to me like I’m following in my great grandparents footsteps. They were first generation Norwegian Americans farming in North Dakota. My grandma remembers carrying milk and eggs from her home on the farm to the town creamery. One of our cast iron skillets came from her and she may have even eaten food from it in that original farm home outside of Finley. 

      We’ve started on a garden bed, a compost bin which may become a pile, and we were given an upcycled dog pen that we are converting into a chicken run. 

      Our first farming project is starting our chicken run. We are collecting free wood to build the coop and we hope to buy chickens early next year. 

      Quinton is trying hard to talk me into having a goat or two. I mean it’s not that much of him talking, more like, just look at this cuteness.

      We’ve played with the idea of farming bees. And we may look into that after getting our bearings for a few years. 


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