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Farm Name: The Back 40 feet

Year Farm Established: 2011

Location: Keystone, IA

Years I’ve been farming: 5 years

Animals I raise: Cat

Crops I grow: Beets, carrots,garlic, kale, Kohlrabi, lettuces, onions, potatoes,tomato- es and squash

Hobbies I enjoy: Gardening, reading, learing about sustainable living, walking.

Club/Associations memberships: Iowa Valley Food Coop

The proudest moment on my farm: When I took a step back and looked at what I accoplished

Pets: Clyde (the cat)

Farm Motto: "In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."
~ Margaret Atwood

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  In an effort to improve our website for our visitors, we will be changing some of our service providers. We do not expect to experience any technical difficulties. However, if you are unable to access our website, please be assured it will be temporary as we transition to the new service. 10/19/2013 12:00.00 AM  
  Packing.. ugh
Since the day we got home from finding our dream property we have been packing. I guess after living in one place for 15 years, you accumulate a lot of junk, errr I mean stuff. We are going to rent a dumpster and hold a garage sale. Not to mention as we move things throughout the house we are finding a lot of things that need repair. 6 weeks to go and I hope we make it!

Come visit me, The Oaks & The Back 40 feet.

04/19/2013 05:48.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Found our hobby farm!
We spent a few days looking and found our drean acreage in Seymour Missouri. 7 acres and move in ready house. Now I just have to get ready!

Come visit me, The Oaks & The Back 40 feet.

04/02/2013 01:20.56 PM Report This Comment  
  So excited!
Next week my Husband and young son are making the trek down to Missouri to look for a farm. We have set it up with a realator and sounds like it will be a full 2 days of looking at houses/farms. So excited to begin our journey!

Come visit me, The Oaks & The Back 40 feet.

03/21/2013 06:46.35 AM Report This Comment  
  What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I grow up I want to be a farmer!
I remember at 16 listening to my Mom and her friends talk about what they wanted to be when they grew up. At the time they were in their early forty's and to me they were grown up. But now I completely "get" what they were talking about. Now that I am in my forty's I have had similar conversations with myself.

What am I going to be when I grow up?
What do I want to do with the rest of my life?
How do I get started?

I have discovered that the time to think about this is now, and the time to start making plans is now. When I realized that in my physical condition that I wouldn't last long running a small farm, I joined the gym. Am I any fitter that I was 3 months ago? I would like to think so and I do feel better about myself. I also started doing research on small farms and sustainable living and now subscribe to a few magazines, two of the most helpful to me is Mother Earth News and Grit magazine. Both of which have loads of information on sustainable living, "how to" instructions and a great blog section. Dave and I did a bit of canning this year, and can't wait to have a bigger garden and more produce to put up in future years. It's also nice to have something we can do together.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Is it a radical change from what you are doing now? Is it something you have always dreamed of doing? I would be interested in hearing how you are planning your grown-up years!

Come visit me, The Oaks & The Back 40 feet.

03/12/2013 07:31.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Best Superbowl Commercial ever!!!
I my opinion the best commercial during the Superbowl was Paul Harvey's; God Made a Farmer:

Paul Harvey's commentary: And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker." So God made a farmer.

God said, "I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the field, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board." So God made a farmer.

God said, "I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say,'Maybe next year,' I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from an ash tree, shoe a horse with hunk of car tire, who can make a harness out hay wire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. Who, during planting time and harvest season will finish his 40-hour week by Tuesday noon and then, paining from tractor back, put in another 72 hours." So God made the farmer.

God said, "I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bales, yet gentle enough to yean lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-comb pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the leg of a meadowlark."

It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed, and brake, and disk, and plow, and plant, and tie the fleece and strain the milk, . Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh and then reply with smiling eyes when his son says that he wants to spend his life doing what Dad does. "So God made a farmer."

What was your favorite superbowl commercial?

Come visit me, The Oaks & The Back 40 feet.

02/04/2013 10:57.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Books Books Books!
I love to read and when I can read something that teaches me something all the better! Recently I have read: Hobby Farm; Living Your Rural Dream for Pleasure and Profit, by: Carol Ekaries and You Can Farm; The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farming Enterprise, by: Joel Salatin.
I learned so much from these two books that I am planning on purchasing them to keep on hand for ideas, and refrence.

There are a couple more books that I am planning to check out from the library and these are:
Pastured Poultry Profits and Salad Bar Beef. Both of these re written my Joel Salatin.

What books have you read that you would recomend? What did you like about them and what did you learn from them?

Happy Reading!

Come visit me, The Oaks & The Back 40 feet.

02/01/2013 08:40.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Dreaming of Spring on this blustery snowy day
I think one of the best feelings in the world is plunging my bare hands into the fresh Spring dirt. Ahhh; my mind is instantly filled with visions, ideas and plans. I can almost taste that first eagerly picked yet barely ripe tomato. Gloveless I can feel the moisture in the soil, too soggy or too dry? Is it full of clay or too sandy? A soil test or perhaps a trip to the garden center? (Oh no not that!) On any spring day I can look at my hands and see the labor of my work that has ground into my fingers and trapped deeply under my fingernails. It's because of this that almost every year my husband buys me garden gloves and every time I lose at least one of them. Of course it’s not intentional, but you would think that by now he would just give up and let me play in the dirt the way dirt is meant to be played in. What are your thoughts? Do you glove up or dig in?

Come visit me, The Oaks & The Back 40 feet.

01/30/2013 08:07.50 AM Report This Comment  
Thank-you all for the welcome to HF. My Husbanad I currently live in Iowa, but are planning to look for a small farm this spring in Missouri. I look forward to learning from all of you!

Come visit me, The Oaks & The Back 40 feet.

01/24/2013 06:13.42 AM Report This Comment  
  That's my kind of farming!
I am a surburban farmer. I like to expand a little at a time. I like your tidy garden patch.

Come visit me, funky farm.

01/23/2013 09:45.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Welcome to hobby farms!

Come visit me, Rams Yak Farm.

01/19/2013 02:03.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Welcome, Hope you enjoy H/F as much as we do. Have a great farming day.

Come visit me, A&E FARMS.

01/18/2013 09:12.36 AM Report This Comment  


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