Happy New Year!
Hello, and Hap-Happy New Year!
Are you taking on the new year full force or still recovering from the holidays? We had our last holiday celebration last weekend, but I’m ready and raring to go!
This past year was a whirlwind for us. You may already know that Matt and I moved, and as I hinted in my last post, we are working on some upcoming changes around here. With the farm officially ours, we spent the last half of 2019 dreaming big about the future and narrowing in on our goals for 2020.
We landed on two major focuses for the farm this year: Increasing biodiversity and offering what we grow to our local community (eeeek, be cool, Marge). While we are still in the very, very early stages of planning, I wanted to share with you!
Dreams Are the Seeds of Change
One of the biggest changes for us is officially starting “the farm” and expanding what we grow in order to share with others. As I’m sure you can tell from our hobbies (growing veggies, flowers, culinary and medicinal mushrooms and herbs, raising chickens and honey bees, and producing maple syrup), Matt and I love to grow good things. We’re often asked if what we grow is available anywhere. And although we pour our hearts into everything we grow, if I’m being totally honest, we just haven’t had the confidence to give it a real go. We’ve toyed around with the idea, but haven’t jumped in . . . until now.
This year, I came across a quote that some of the internet attributes to Shakespeare, while others Picasso, but it goes like this:
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
And that really hit home for me. Growing good things is our gift. We find meaning by connecting to nature in this way. Now, we want to share that connection to nature with others. So, we’ll be offering flowers, mushrooms, and farm-fresh eggs in 2020. We’re starting small, so these were very deliberate choices. We hope we can bring something a little unique with flowers and mushrooms, and our eggs have already grown a little bit of their own following with my coworkers 🙂
We knew sharing what we grow was the next step, and we’re so excited, but I won’t lie, we’re still a wee bit nervous. Technically and logistically, there’s a lot to figure out; but mostly, putting ourselves out there is, quite honestly, a little bit scary! But, we’re following our hearts and jumping in.
What does this mean for Chews Local?
I don’t want to think of it as goodbye (I couldn’t bear it), so if you’ll join me, I’m thinking of it as an enhancement. I’m working on a new website that will better reflect the farm and serve our community (and that means you, if you so choose!). The name will be new (to go along with our farm name and offerings), but the person behind the keyboard will be the same, goofy gal. There will be information about what we are growing, where you can find it, and of course, blog posts and how-tos, stories, recipes, and lots of pictures of the happenings around the farm. So, stay tuned!
I’m a bit nervous, but mostly excited, and as always, I hope you’ll join us!