A Mouse's Tale

Random scurryings of a writer.

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

So I seem to find myself turning into a bit of a farmwife as of late. In the past month alone I have baked 2 (now four) pupkin pies from scratch, cooked squash from the raw-from-the-garden form, harvested seeds from both the pumpkin and the squash, roasted the seeds we didn’t harvest, have tried making bread from scratch (granted, this is with the help of the bread machine), done a pot roast, made stuffind from scratch, and am now in the process of making rolls and roasting a turkey. I’m very proud of myself! This is on top of still teaching, knitting, crocheting, and keeping my house relatively up-kept.

I would love to get to the point where we never have to buy produce during the winter, unless we’re really craving something out of season that we don’t have in the freezer. Our goal next year is two raised beds behind the house, a pumpkin and buttercup squash patch in front of the house, and about a 1/4 acre garden at Joe’s parents’. Eventually we hope to farm at least an acre at his parents house and donate a lot of what we grow, but baby steps are needed for this towne to keep her feet solidly planted on this upward slope of self efficiency. Another idea for the extra produce would be to trade with any local spinners in the area for yarn.

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One response to ““Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

  1. Joe November 26, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    The garden at my parent’s place will actually be right around 1/8 acre, not 1/4. But yes, the eventual plan would be 1 acre of garden (with potatoes, gourds, and vegetables) and 1/2-1 acre of field with buckwheat or regular wheat.

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