Am I a farmer?


Fall is here.  I've been watching with child-like eyes as the leaves slowly begin to turn bright reds and pale yellows.  I love this time of year and welcome the relief from the smothering heat of summer.  
I'm excited to take advantage of the cooler temperatures to get a few projects underway here on the farm.  The first is a small kitchen garden located next to our patio area.  I love the idea of walking right out my back door and picking fresh herbs for a meal.  I guess you could call this our potager garden. Potager is a French term for an ornamental vegetable or kitchen garden.  Often flowers (edible and non-edible) and herbs are planted with the vegetables to enhance the garden's beauty.
The farm store now has power and will soon have heating & air, a cash counter and then the decorating fun will begin.  I'm busy acquiring wholesale accounts & purchasing items for the shop. Truthfully, I lay in bed at night, arranging the shop in my mind, dreaming of the day when customers come through the door.  Oh, a door...we need one of those too. 
I don't feel like much of a homesteader or farmer right now.  There are no animals here, no fences or barns.  There's nothing here that designates us as a "farm" and we certainly aren't "living off the land." But the truth is, I'm a farmer and a homesteader at heart.  The desire and need to nurture, grow my own food, care for animals and help heal the land we've been given is deeply woven into who I am.  It may not "look" like a typical farm here at Brave Acre but I can assure you...it is.  The vision is here, it's tangible.  I feel as if I've planted a seed that has yet to sprout.  
The visible will come in time.  Soon there will be a farm store, a flower farm, groups of people in and out for classes.  There will be goats and chickens and fences and veggies growing in the garden.  Soon. This is the life I've dreamed of and this is the place that it will come to be.  
The truth is, if it's in your heart to do so, you can homestead right where you are.  It doesn't matter if you're living in a city apartment, a sprawling suburb or a few acres of land in a rural neighborhood.  You can grow your own food, you can care for your family more naturally, you can make things that you would normally buy.  You can educate your children.  You can make choices everyday that bring change for you and your family.
You know, we get caught up in titles don't we?  We like to identify with "our tribe" and like minded people.  We like to place ourselves in nice little boxes and then shape and mold ourselves to fit.  Sadly, we set out on a journey to become those titles and fit in those pre-made boxes only to realize that in some ways we don't fit the mold or the definition.  Right now, I don't fit the definition of "farmer" and I'm completely ok with that.  You know why?  Because I get to be exactly who I am right now.  I'm not following a definition or a formula or another farmer's dreams.  I'm not trying to fit the mold. I'm just becoming me.  And guess what, you get to become you.  Not that you need it but...I'm giving you permission right now to become, you. Do it.  Don't worry about what it looks like for someone else. Just. Be. You.  Yes, take inspiration from others who've gone before you & who are actively doing the things you wish to do...but for the love of farming...don't try to become them. Farming & homesteading will look different for everyone that sets their hands to it and that my friends is beautiful and wonderful and WILD.  We need this diversity, it keeps us learning and growing and helps us see the beauty that God has created in each one of us.   
I'm learning that it is ok to be right where you are. As my friend says, we are all on a beautiful journey.  Don't forget to be patient in the process, we will all get to where we're going.  

3 comments


  • Candice

    AMEN!!!!!


  • Candice

    AMEN!!!!!


  • Grayson Thompson

    That was fantastic! Love you friend!💜


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