I had this idea that buying a farm meant embracing a simpler sort of life, being more attuned to nature, and being detached from the goods and glitz of the city. Yet even before we signed the deed of sale on our farm, we found ourselves in the middle of a shopping frenzy. We bought: cowboy boots, cowboy clothes (Wrangler! Levis!), doggie seat belts, horsemanship books and dvds, horse training gear, hats, and sunglasses.
Then the husband came home with this pick up truck:
Okaaaay, it can carry a lot of things, it’s very sturdy, and it’s a 4×4. But when the husband started talking about trading in some of our unused sporting gear for mini-trail motorcycles and ATVs, it seemed like just the right time to sit down and write our Mission/Vision for the farm. Because apparently the word “farm” can mean different things to different people!
It will be a place of awe and beauty.
We want to enjoy the views, wildlife, birds. We want the plants and trees that we add to enhance the natural beauty of the area. We want it to look natural, not polished. We don’t want it to look like a nature park. We will minimize the man-made structures. There won’t be things like signs that say “forest” or “creek”.
It will sustain us.
We want to “eat off the farm”. We want to grow and produce things that we enjoy eating. We want to eat fresh, healthy, nutritious, and delicious food from our farm.
It will utilize the best practices in plant, animal, energy, and waste management.
The farm will be the place where we give back to planet Earth. We want to be zero-waste, carbon-negative, organic, and free-range. We will use solar and wind energy. We may collect rainwater.
I never thought a home would need a Mission Statement, but why not? I hope this Mission Statement will guide us and help us to stay true to our vision for the farm. So, there will be no mini-trail motorcycles or ATV’s in our farm. They may be mountain bikes. I don’t think we will be buying that chainsaw from the back of a van that a pair of online merchants brought over to our house.
This doesn’t mean though that we are rejecting modern contraptions and amenities! That may work for some folks, but it’s not for us. We WANT our speedy internet connection, nifty kitchen appliances, and comfortable house. We will not be “off-grid”. We will be connected to the local power company. We want running water, showers and toilets that flush. When I was doing research on different composting methods, the husband said, “If we have to compost our poop, then I don’t want to have a farm anymore!”
This is going to be a fun place. A place to hatch projects and be creative. A place to be with plants and animals. A place to play with space and ideas.