Itâ€™s funny; many people like Mr. B and meÂ move to the country for independence: Independence from the restrictions of city living, independence in our food sources, and independence in the sense that we have this little piece of land thatâ€™s all our own and we can do anything we want with it. However, itâ€™s our dependences that really make us stronger farmers.
As new and accidental farmers, we often feel like fish out of water. We know thereâ€™s a lot to do around our land, but weâ€™re not always sure what exactly the tasks of the moment should beâ€”or once we identify them, how to go about completing them. The community of people weâ€™re cultivating around us have played an oh-so-integral role helping us be successful our first year.
Those Who Teach Us
Weâ€™ve been so blessed to happen into a community of people long-time experience with the land and what it means to live off of it. That wisdom is invaluable, and weâ€™re soaking it up like sponges. Weâ€™ve learned how to test our soil so we know when itâ€™s just right for tilling. Weâ€™ve learned how to go about gathering and hulling black walnuts for a farm-made gourmet treat. Friends have taught us how to coil up drip tape so it isnâ€™t a big tangled mess when we go to lay it in the spring, and theyâ€™ve been there to brainstorm about the best way to start our seeds. This community knowledge is so important, and even though we know weâ€™re going to make mistakes along the way, we know with their support, weâ€™ll be able to get back on our feet, dust off our pants and try it again.
Those Who Provide Resources
As city folk, we came to our land with literally nothing to properly take care of it. But when you have good intentions, you will be taken care of. Some small-scale equipment came with our property, and friends and neighbors have been kind enough to lend out their tools to help us started: a grader to fix up our drive, a walk-behind tractor to prepare our garden beds, a bush hog to mow the fields. What we canâ€™t do on our own yet, others are there to fill in.
Those Who Lend A Helping Hand
Nothing means more to a new farmer than friends who rally around your efforts, lending moral support and a helping hand. Weâ€™ve had friends come out to help clear out trees, brainstorm garden layouts, forage the woods, can tomatoes and more. These are real friendships. These are deep relationships. Theyâ€™re the friendships that last a lifetime.
So despite coming out to the country for a little bit of independence, weâ€™ve learned that weâ€™re more interconnected than weâ€™ve ever beenâ€”and thatâ€™s a wonderful feeling. Even better is the dependence Mr. B and I have on each other. We couldnâ€™t do this without each other, and having the common goal of making this whole farming thing work is bringing us closer in ways we never would have imagined during our days in the city.