Welcome to Jewell Farms! Let’s talk about dropping out of corporate America and reinventing life on the farm, in the vineyard, from the saddle. What is it like to trade wingtips for muck boots? Instead of X-box, are your kids and grandkids now cleaning stalls and hiding in hay lofts? Is it worth the time – the money – the LEARNING CURVE!?
Sitting at a computer used to be my life – not anymore. As a matter of fact, some days I don’t even turn it on. Other days I have to laugh at my cat, Pinot, who likes to walk across the keyboard when I’m trying to type. Right now he’s sleeping on my paperwork. Oh, well. The paperwork will have to wait! How lucky we are who have lived more than one life.
Now it’s 10 p.m. on a cold, windy, December night. The critters are fed and in bed (so to speak). While it wasn’t a great night to be outside, I don’t mind. I know harder days are coming -- 15 degree lows, ice, maybe snow. Brrrrrr. How do you hold up in Montana or Maine? I heard the high was -1 somewhere in North Dakota the other day. Might have to pass on the horse farm at that temp!
The produce patch is not winter-ready yet – how did I get so far behind? Plenty of manure but I missed my chance to sow rye on it. Lost some blueberry plants this fall, and not sure why. Guess I’ll have to start over with that. Will I be ready for the farmer’s markets in the spring???
By the way, I need to keep the grass from taking over in my planting areas. I’d like to claim victory without herbicides. Any and all ideas are welcome. My walking paths were just overrun this past summer.
The weatherman says more rain tomorrow. That means more mud. I have to find a way to make sacrifice areas (a nice name for mud pit with horses in it) LESS MUDDY. Maybe manufactured dust is the answer. I’m checking – let you know what I come up with.
Answering the call of Christmas today – into the world of people with clean fingernails – better work on mine a little before I leave – until next time, stay warm and enjoy the stars (you can’t see them in the city).