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“A Post About Today: November 11th, 2021”

They say “When life give you lemons, make lemonade”.  I kind of hate that.   But it’s also true!

With the new farm settling into place, I’ve naturally begun to lay plans for the next year.  The foraging playground of the PNW awaits at my doorstep- with any luck 2022 will see my available products abound with new and abundant natural, foraged, and medicinal goodness!Foraging in the PNW means learning some new faces!

I will miss  the snow of Montana.  Not for a moment did 6 months of being blanketed in the white calm of winter bother me.  The mud season was short, and the 90 day summers were delightful…  Now I’m learning how to be an otter in the PNW rain.  With precious little dry interior space, most of my life is still outdoors.  Soggy raincoats are draped throughout my tiny home, shoes line up by the stove for drying.  The world outside is still green and growing.  I can’t believe I’m just a few short months from being able to start my next garden!

Life remains much the same, despite so many radical changes.  My tiny home is (mostly) off-grid (with some supplemental grid power due to the constant rain…), tucked away in a remote, isolated patch of wilderness.  Deer, elk, bear, coyotes, rabbits, and skunks are my neighbors.  The wetlands are my neighborhood.  There is no pavement, no sidewalks, no privacy fences marking the territory of the nearest humans.  

Farmlife is busy as usual; in the last two months I built a small barn, a small chicken coop, installed a wood stove in my  tiny house, learned how to utilize fiber optics to bring internet out to my remote location (still super chuffed about that), canned a few dozen gallons of fresh foraged apples, plums, pears, and grapes, butchered 5 roadkill deer, stocked up on grain and hay for the winter, milk the goats every day, and I continue to maintain my online shop.  One of these days I’ll get around to listing new items…  The same old story there!

 I’m extremely thankful that I am still eating off the land; I’ve got feedbags of potatoes, a dwindling mountain of squash, a box of small onions, hundreds of gallons of canned pickles, oil, meat, squash, and fruit, hundreds of eggs in long-term storage (I’ll have to make a post about my successful experiment there!), dried and fresh leafy greens, fresh milk and cheese daily…  all of it from the farm, garden, and wilderness.  Rice, popcorn, and peanuts are about the only things I’ve purchased from a grocery supplier in almost a year now.  I’ve also got enough butcher roosters running around to keep me in poultry for the winter.  I expect my stores will easily last  me until the next gardening season, which isn’t that far away now!  I will likely have a few thousand square feet in garden again for the 2022 season, and with a growing season almost twice the length of what I’m used to, I’m bursting with excitement for what I can grow!  Eggplants!  Pumpkins!  Melons!  (I knew I kept those 120+ day seeds/varieties all these years for a  reason!)  If the harvest is successful I will have abundance to share with my local community, which is something I’ve always wanted; a sort of “food pantry” from the farm abundance.  

It amazes me how easy it is to provide for yourself.  Is it hard  work?  Yes!  But it’s satisfying and meaningful work.  If more people farmed, even in whatever tiny spaces they may occupy, we would all have so much more rich, quality food available.

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