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The weather has been perfect for this job. My husband, our hired hand and I have been working on building a place to put my ducks. I really think the my hubby wants his barn back, so he decided to put a lean-to on the back side for my ducks and I. Our hired hand got to earn his PHD. Which stands for Post Hole Digger! I dug a couple of holes too! We put the first rafter boards up and squared both ends. Strung lines to follow and the rest of the poles went in pretty smoothly. We then started to lay boards across the rafter boards. We aren’t finished yet but this is what we have accomplished thus far. I really hate to tell my hubby that he will still have to deal with the chickens that live and roost where every they please. (which is over top of his tractor). I will post more pictures as the barn progresses.
Yesterday was Sunday and we had someone show up on the farm to look at some heifers we have for sale. Here are my thoughts on Sundays and boundaries!
Sunday is a day of rest, a day of worship, but most of all it’s our family day! We still do the chores, milk cows, pick up eggs, feed animals but we also like to take a Sunday nap, have dinner with family. I have boundaries.
I don’t ask people not to come out to the farm but I do ask them not to come to the farm on Sunday. I also ask people to call ahead if they are coming out to the farm, that’s just to make sure we are there to show them around. When the seasons change so does our availability. Farming after all is a business.
We run our farm like a business. Our business is closed on Sundays. My house is not a place of business. I will not invite you into my house, please don’t be offended, I set that boundary for family reasons. That is a safe haven for my children. I have many customers that come to the farm to pick up eggs and meat from me. I enjoy the fact that they love our farm and our products that the farm produces. I also appreciate that they understand and respect our boundaries.
Our boundaries and No Sundays have worked well for us as a family farm. We do understand that there are exceptions to every rule. My hubby still has to sell those heifers, but Sunday is still the day of rest, a day of worship, and a family day in my life.
I have now sat down with two insurance agents. The first one was a local guy, and I liked him. He visited with us and we explained what we are doing and what we needed from him. I try to make it as simple as possible. I have done a lot of the leg work. He told us we would have to look into it and that was around two weeks ago. No call or contact yet! Continue reading
I have been getting a lot of questions on what and how we feed our cows. Are they 100% grass-fed? Yes, they are on grass, when the grass is available. No, they are not 100% grass-fed. Continue reading
I’m in the infancy stage of trying to find an insurance company that will (1) insure the farm, and (2) cover liability of a herd share. Yes, that means people can own their own cows and drink their own milk, fresh unprocessed whole milk, a.k.a. FUWM.