So, it seems like many of us have started to review our lives, how we eat, where we live, things that are important to us in the ever changing world that we live in. Many of us feel a lack of control over what goes into our food, especially the food that we are feeding to our young family members. We have often outgrown the desire to be close to the “action” or culture of larger metro areas. Strictly from my point of view, this has lead to an exodus from urban centers to the outlying rural communities searching for a nice place to raise our children, better schools, more space which allows for a garden to grow our own food or raise our own animals. Evidence of this is the growing trend of backyard-chickens and permaculture ideals focused on smaller tracts of land.
Our family made a similar exit from our home in Seattle and headed north to Anacortes to start our farming adventure almost four years ago. It has been a lot of hard work and has yeilded some of the most rewarding results. As of this posting, we have 14 chickens, two Black Labs (the Black Dogs), one black cat, 1600 square feet of garden, 75 black currant plants on their third year, and three (five year old) apple trees in their first year after planting. Our eggs have been a hit, so much better that store bought eggs. While our plants mature and we build infrastructure, our eggs have been our first offering as a product. With overwhelmingly positive response, we have already begun to expand the flock. Our long term goal is to popularize the Black Currant flavor in the US with a variety of products. My personal favorite is Apple/Black Currant hard cider…. yum. We will see how it all unfolds, and hopefully you’ll come along for the ride.
Our wonderful friends, Kelley and Syd (One Tree Farm), made a similar leap of faith with their family as well, leaving Bellingham and found an acre and a half hobby farm which has also made them very happy.
Together we realized that there are many of us out there “figuring it out” as we go. Most of us were raised in the suburbs. Some of us had parents that did gardening, many didn’t. The common thread is that we weren’t taught all this stuff by growing up on a farm. We have to work it out on the fly…
As a result we all decided to put together this blog to chronicle our adventures in micro agriculture, or as we affectionately call it “Nerd Farming”.
So welcome to our venture. We hope you find some value in our trials and tribulations and maybe even enjoy the stories.
Signing off for now from the Black Dog Berry Farm, home of the “Good Egg”