Despite me dropping the money to have my own little home on the internet, you'd be surprised at the amount of time I forget it actually exists. I'd like to think it's because I'm just so busy being awesome. The reality is not that - at all. I'm busy getting lost down rabbit holes of reading, research, and tutorials.
This is the first summer in as long as I can remember that it's been mostly "my own". Past summers included working odd jobs in the off season of teaching, or being stepmom to my boyfriend's son, sometimes both at the same time. I started to miss the growth of a hiatus that summer would bring. Thus far, this one has brought me a small amount of weeding flower beds, much time starting a garden, an attempt at trying to complete house projects, as well as trying to teach myself polymer clay. In my downtime, I've been walking to the library to pick up the random assortment of books I've been ordering devil-may-care. And thus began my new found inspiration through a book titled Farm City The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter. The book details the experiences of a woman who creates a little farm in the middle of a city in California.
This concept may seem silly to someone who actually owns a "real" farm. When people hear the word farm, they often think of rolling acres of corn, fences holding back herds of milk cows, big red barns, and tractors. Yet now that the planet continues to get more choked with population, it seems smarter and more ecologically sound to grow and raise as much as you can on the property you have. And that is just what Novella did (on one tenth of an acre I might add!) She details raising chickens, geese, ducks and turkeys for eggs and meat. She explains how she kept bees on her deck, then later meat rabbits. At one point, even, she raises two pigs! And of course the growing of fruits and vegetables on a small and unused plot next door.
I've been feeling fairly aimless with what I've been doing on my own I-Wish-It-Was-A-Farm city plot. I have had bursts of inspiration and energy, which has brought forth a humble garden along with starting a worm bin as well as composting. It's also brought about investing in a front yard fruit tree and backyard fruit bushes. But I just wasn't sure where to go with it. I don't know how long I'll be here, but I know I want to make it productive for me as well as any future owners of this house. I know eventually I'll get ducks or chickens. I know I want to be as self sustaining as possible. It's been a dream for as long as I can remember. But without likeminded people around you driving you to find a target and aim at it, sometimes it feels like there's no target at all.
Fortunately, there are always books. When you can read about someone doing what you want, it's almost like they're there with you, cheering you on. After polishing this book off in a few days of sporadic reading, it's given me the energy to continue. I've found my target again.