So, I am terrible at keeping up with this website. I write a lot of lists and a lot of my lists include updating our website. Of course, I just don’t seem to get it done. Today is the day that I start doing better!
For starters, I have to say that we were so overwhelmed by everyone’s support for our farm. There is nothing better than doing something that you love, something that you can be proud of, and having the full support of your community behind you. Last year was scary, exciting, grueling, interesting, and amazing all at the same time. I see more of the same emotional roller coaster ahead for this year.
I have been working hard on some new things to bring to the farm this year. We are hoping to add some chickens(as soon as Nathan has time to build a coop). We are also doing some dried beans this year(pinto beans, black beans, lima beans, chickpeas, and maybe some that I am forgetting). We are experimenting with some flint corn, wheat, and oats as well. I am pretty excited about trying to do some grains. I picked some gorgeous heirloom corn varieties and my awesome sister-in-law even sent me some glass gem corn seed. I have lots of other ideas pecking around in my brain that I am working through too. I can see in my head so clearly what I want the farm to be and I hope that with a lot of patience and work, it will grow into my vision!
Aside from working on this year’s farm plan, there has been another person with a dream that I have been collaborating with. Her name is Stephanie Liljedahl Freeman. Steph is fantastic, full of energy, and totally devoted to her dream of opening a grocery store in her hometown of Woodhull, IL. She doesn’t want to open just any grocery store. She wants to open a grocery store called The Butter Churn that will be stocked with locally grown food. She is currently working on some fundraising for her store and was recently here working on her plans for The Butter Churn. Steph and I had lots of time to talk about her vision for The Butter Churn grocery store and my vision for Beagle Creek Farm. I had such a great time with Steph. We have so many common goals and passions. I hope that you will all visit her fundraising site and help her see her dream become reality!
Well, time for me to go start some more seeds. Today, we are starting some head lettuce, more cabbage, and more broccoli. Seeing some green is really getting me anxious for Spring!