At last... I finally finished the website for the farm! Well, the website part anyway as I still have to put the e-commerce part together. Right now you might thinking how amazing I must be since I am not only a farmer but a web designer too, but let me stop you right there! Web designer I am not. But I sure am trying and I hope you like the new website. And then there's this blog thing... I apologize for how boring this first blog post is. It's all about websites and stuff and no interesting farm stories or cute animal pictures. Just kidding, here's a cute animal picture and an interesting farm story:
This is Myrtle, one of our miniature donkeys, and Agnes is the other one in the background. These were our first animals on the farm and they were almost the first animals to leave the farm. I got them to live with the alpacas but this fall when the pasture started to wear down and I started feeding hay I quickly discovered that the alpacas and donkeys didn't speak the same language. The donkeys got a little kick happy and I had to move them out of the alpaca pasture. I decided that even though I love them (and I really do love them - they are so sweet!) I had to be practical and we just didn't have the resources in these early days of farming to house them elsewhere on the farm. I found them a really good home and then... I changed my mind!
If you keep reading this blog you'll discover that I am often very serious, literal, and practical (I am a scientist by training after all!) even though I am really very fun, silly, and a bit of a dreamer (I am human after all!). But this time I decided that I didn't have to be 100% practical all of the time. Everyone needs happiness in their lives and these little donkeys make me very happy.
This story is pretty typical of my first year farming. I've read all sorts of books, talked to people, scoured the web for information, and planned like crazy, but until you get boots (or hooves) on the ground you just never know how things are going to work out!