[Market-farming] is the list quiet

KAKerby at aol.com KAKerby at aol.com
Fri Apr 29 22:36:22 EDT 2011

Today was a very big day here.  We finally signed the land lease  that I 
think I spoke of this past winter.  We rented 14 acres of  pastureland from 
the older gentleman farmer who is one part foster grandfather,  one part 
mentor, one part hay broker for me.  His kids and grandkids look  to the farm as 
a pretty place and full of memories but none of them are  interested in 
actively working it.  I had hoped and worked towards this day  for a long time 
and it's finally a done deal.  His eyes were gleaming as we  started to talk 
about the livestock I'll be grazing there and the soil testing  I'll be 
doing, how I'll keep the pasture tended, how I'll be fencing and  rotating 
paddocks, etc.  This is a piece of ground away from the main  farm which has been 
under-utilized for many years.  He just didn't have the  energy to get out 
there and deal with it.  So having someone working it  again for 
honest-to-goodness agricultural purposes (as opposed to something like  a soccer field 
or a paint-ball field) is making him all sorts of happy.   It's a big step 
for us and solves a lot of feed issues for us, but I think I'm  more pleased 
about his excitement at having it in production again.
Kathryn Kerby
Snohomish, WA
Ruminations - essays on the farming life at  frogchorusfarm.com/weblog.html
In a message dated 4/29/2011 7:20:04 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
deb at mobiusfields.com writes:

I've been thinking the same thing, Beth!    

Maybe folks are too busy getting spring stuff done.  

Hope everyone is doing well!

Mobius Fields
Sleepy Hollow / Waccabuc NY
*wishing for things to dry out a little here so I could get some stuff in  
the ground*

On Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 9:30 PM, Beth Spaugh <_lists at rhomestead.com_ 
(mailto:lists at rhomestead.com) >  wrote:

Am I missing something, or is the  market-farming list very quiet?
Beth Spaugh
Rehoboth Homestead, Peru,  NY
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