Revelingby fig + fauna farm on 12/27/12
When I began this space, I had a goal in mind: to expose the beauty of life on a farm. I wanted to share the simple luxuries of homesteading, as they were novel to us. We had hopes to provide a window into the connections that can be made with food, while living with it. I recognized when we started on this journey, that there is a clear generational gap of stewards to land and livestock. My generation isn't able to question our parents on the ways to milk a dairy cow - if we are lucky, we may call upon our grandparents for their memories of life that was once intertwined with home raised meals. As our grandparents recollect those times, they often remind us of the stigma attached to farming: "hard work, little pay". While that notion has deterred so many from this way of life, my mission has been to share another side of farming - a side where people raise food not only out of necessity, but more of a passion for the lives of the meal, and the story that unfolds from plot to plate.
As I was soiling my boots in our pastures morning muck, I came to realize that I have not yet shared so many of the rewarding happenings here on our farm - that is: the intense labor that often brings us together, the struggles which show us patience, the mothering lessons that I have learned from a dear rabbit and what exactly is worth teaching a child through plants and animals. In the hustle of finding our feet on this ground, I have even forgotten to share the details of how and why we embarked on this journey.
I want to do that in two thousand and thirteen. Thank you for sharing this year with us.