Location: Cache Valley, zone 4b, Irrigated, 9" rain in badlands.
posted 1 month ago
Not many garden photos for a farmer to post in snow country during the winter. How about a short description of transformative changes in my farm and lifestyle?
A year ago, Dan Barber, got me to thinking about what is my life purpose.... Therefore, I started evaluating everything I was doing and I've been discarding those parts of my life that weren't in harmony with what I do best and value most.
A couple of months ago, I planted my second largest field into grass. My annual garden is now the smallest that it's been since the 2009 growing season, and I'm planning on planting about 1/3 of the remaining fields into grass in the spring.
I sold the bees and most of the equipment, then burned the left-over bits and pieces.
I stopped selling fresh produce, and quit my long-term farmer's market. (I'm only selling processed food now.) That freed up two days a week.
I have become a World Tomato Society ambassador, and am writing a lot of fascinating articles for them.
With the freed up time, I have been able to learn to play the guitar, which is bringing a lot of joy to me and my loved ones.
And also, this winter, I am taking yoga teacher training to become a certified yoga instructor. I never expected when Dan asked me about my life mission, that his question would take me off the farm and into other areas that I knew nothing about at the time.