Project Backyard

I was recently reminded of a quote,

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It is not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”  -Marianne Williamson

One thing I’ve notice since I got back from farming has been my self acknowledgement for having something to offer to the world.  I remember when I first met up with Asher and Michael in Amsterdam after my time in Germany and Italy, and Michael asked me if I felt empowered.  I said something along the lines of, “totally, I feel like I could set up my own little farm now.”

So since being back, here’s what we’ve been up to at the house, what’s turning into our own little farm…

It’s all so easy, really.  We rented a tiller and looked up how to use it on YouTube, and spent about 20 minutes letting the machine do all the work like a lawn mower that digs up the earth.  Then we bought a variety of starter plants and packets of seeds and simply followed the instructions on the labels.  The berries fell from the sky and we just collected them.  And the chickens weren’t so complicated either.  In the fall, Ethan set up a simple fence in the corner of our yard using just some poles and chicken wire.  Our neighbor gave us his old chicken coop, but you can find those on Craigslist or somewhere easily enough, along with the chickens themselves, like we did! $30 for 5 laying hens.  I clipped their wings the first morning so they didn’t fly out, it’s just like giving them a hair cut, but a feather cut.  And again, I simply looked up how to do it on YouTube.  Of course, I’m sure it was absolutely hilarious to watch, but it was fun and easy enough to catch them, pin them down, pull out the wing, and snip snip off the ends of the feathers.

Right now they are mainly eating all the greenery in their little area, which I will call the Delaware Garden, but other than that, we feed them kitchen scraps from veggies or fruit, or stale bread.  They are really cute and fun to watch, and they each lay an egg a day, give or take one chicken having an off day.

All the seeds have officially sprouted, some more than others, and it’s only been a week since planting, not even!

More projects to come.  La la la.

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