I feel like I just emerged from a whirlwind of activity. It’s been an exhilirating past couple of weeks mainly defined by a bunch of really hard work! I won’t lie – life lately has been very stressful but also incredibly satisfying. Allow me to take you along on a recap of our journey…
In the past three weeks we:
- ripped the floors out of our trailers, and hired a friend to do some major cutting and welding. We welded expanded metal to the floors to allow waste to drop through as fertilizer for the pasture. Then we got busy with hammer and nails and framed the coops – a solid week of dawn til dusk work! I feel so empowered by this project…now I can build anything!
- Put up corrugated metal siding and roofing
- Got 320 chickens of diverse breeds. We have Silver-Laced Wyandottes, Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, and Black Australorps. They all lay brown eggs…or will once they finish molting and start laying again. The chickens have a huge yard surrounded by electrified netting and we move them to a new location every 1-3 days. They eat chicken pellets as well as all the windfall apples, insects, grass, and forage they can find!
- While all this was going down, we found a house on 5 acres to rent. So last week we packed up and moved. I’ll post pictures of our new place soon. It’s great and we have so much more space! No more farming from a duplex, as fun as that was.
- Last but not least, we named the farm! We are now called Provenance Farm. ‘Provenance’, from the French provenir, “to come from”, means the origin or the source of something. At the heart of the concept is the idea of farm to fork, or being able to trace your food back to its very place of origin. In a society that celebrates half-rate, highly-manufactured foodstuff, my desire is that our farm will encourage people to value the provenance of their meat and eggs. Our goal is to provide great food that brings health and happiness to your home. I’m so looking forward to getting it from the field to you!
Thank you for coming along with us on this journey. To all our friends and family – we are so thankful for your support. We could not do it without you!