100 Mouths on the Farm to Feed
The other day, while visiting our pen pal classroom, one of the children asked me how many animals we had on our farm. Together we began counting and adding them up. I was astonished to learn that I have 100 mouths to feed on our farm. It is no wonder that it takes me anywhere from 1 to 1 1/2 hours to do chores in the morning.
When I grow weary of my chore time responsibilities, I think about the days long before grocery stores and food markets. Families and homesteaders made their way across our country before there were highways to take them where they wanted to go and stores to provide for them. These hearty souls spent almost every single hour of every single day on activities which sustained them. They were totally dependent upon the weather and their own abilities to provide sustenance for their families throughout the year. I would love to have met these women, men, and children Though we try to grow most of our own food here on our farm or purchase it from neighboring farms, I still find that I spend amazing amounts of money in the food store each year. I can't imagine knowing that every single thing we eat, must come from our own land.
I want to overhaul the garden this Spring. As my time has more demands placed upon it, I am constantly trying to think of ways to make my work easier. The past few summers, the garden has gotten the best of me with weeds galore, and little time to water in the greenhouse. I have drawn up some plans to rearrange the herb garden, redo the vegetable beds, lay more permanent paths to reduce weeds, and install a watering system. Our greenhouse needs new poly this year as a winter storm put a huge rip in it. My biggest challenge right now is patience....Our busy schedules, uncooperative weather, and our broken tiller have all put a halt to my plans. I have managed to get some seeds in the cold frame already in hopes they will survive. I am craving fresh greens and beets that I am used to having in my kitchen by this time of year.
So with high hopes of providing for our family-I go out at chore time to care for those 100 mouths.