Friday, March 15, 2013
A Little Bit of Farming
Craigslist Ad: Sort of experienced farm sitters available to watch chickens, goats, donkeys, cows and feral barn cats. We promise to keep your animals stocked with food and water, and to eat every egg we find. If you require milking, we require patient training.
It's a funny story how we became "The Farm Sitters Who Care!"
My mom's best friend Jan is a lovely farmer and retired teacher who travels for two weeks every summer. My mom does farm duty, feeding her chickens, picking her vegetables, and otherwise making sure no one has escaped or fallen over in a field.
A few years ago, the kids and I came to help her. We all love Jan's farm, with its giant vegetable garden and barn full of roosting hens.
So last year, when we met some farming friends through our homeschooling co-op, we were excited to get to play farmer during the Christmas holidays.
"We get to spend Christmas Eve in a manger!" I told the kids.
Since then, we have been back one other time, during the coldest week of spring to check on the girls -- 32 chickens and 2 sweet goats, who love eating ski tags.
Each time, we have felt one step closer to our own farm dream -- a dream that includes fresh eggs every day, and our own goats to love.
Until we get there, we feel so lucky to have friends who let us share in their adventures.
Posted by Kara at 10:09 AM