Travis Johnson wrote:My father is moving in this direction, and he is elderly and has Alzheimer's. The man was like my Grandmother and coud grow veggies on ledgerock it seems. He wants to convert some of his land into a raised bed strawberry U=Pick farm, and I am okay with that, and will help him out.
Our recent plans of getting out of sheep, selling two of our houses, really have to do with my aging parents. My Mom is really bad, and I expect a call at any minute saying she has died. Katie and i are in a position to not only care for my father, but also my two adopted isters who live at home who have Down Snydrome. It really is going to be hard because I have three people who cannot really function with a lot of change in their lives, but we are family, and that is what we do here.
We differ a bit in that our family does not use nursing homes. As I tye this, I am sitting in the exact spot where my Grandmother took her last breath, and my Grandfather, and my Great grandmother. It is also where my father was born, and that of my uncle. I mean that literally; they came out of my Grandmother here in a home-birth. We are a farm family in rural Maine, we literally are born and die in the same spot. We have been here for 9 generations, and I really do not see that changing. Homesteading, farming and permiculture are just a huge part of that next-generational transfer.