The two of us, whether we want to admit it or not, have agriculture in our veins; we grew up on Family Farms (albeit very differently sized ones), it’s what we know, and what we’re good at; it’s in our blood. But more importantly? It’s also something that we both enjoy.
It took me a long time to realize that about myself: That I actually enjoy farming; being as wound up in the toxic type of Militant Radical Feminism as I was when I was younger, I got so used to rebelling against and denying everything that I loved- even those parts of me that were a completely natural part of who I was. It feels so incredibly strange to embrace those things now, and it’s something that I struggle with regularly.
Despite ignoring it or denying it for years, though, I’m glad that I finally have embraced a lot of it- including the fact that I’m ok living what most Radical Feminists of that stripe would ultimately call a boring existence that contributes nothing to Women’s further empowerment and liberation. But more than that, I’m glad that I have a Husband who is so incredibly patient with me while I figure it all out.
And figure it out we have.
Last year we found out we’d be inheriting 30 acres of undeveloped Heirloom land from my Mother-in-Law. After bouncing around on what to do after our 5 year plan, we decided to stay in Oklahoma and work on opening an Orchard– something which, at minimum, would take us about 8 to 10 years to accomplish. Funnily enough, it wasn’t the first time we’d considered doing something agriculturally, either; at one point (well before we learned we were inheriting the land) we were seriously considering keeping a flock of Sheep on our current property.
The fact of the matter is that it’s always been a dream of mine to have Chickens, Ducks, Turkeys, Geese, Goats, Rabbits, Sheep, Cows, a big Garden, and an even bigger Orchard. And as of our 2 year wedding Anniversary yesterday, I’m happy to say that the answer to what we’re going to do with our life is finally all of the above.
Because we’re overachievers, we’ve decided to have our Peaches and our Sheep (and chickens, ducks, cattle, and more), too. In other words, our little Orchard is no longer going to be just an Orchard. Instead we’re going all out Homestead; over the course of the next few years, “Bright Arrow Orchard” will become “Bright Arrow Farm and Orchard”- after our 5 year plan is finished here, of course.
What better way is there, really, to use 30 acres of perfect, untouched, undeveloped land than a Homestead? I honestly can’t think of a better way, personally- nor would I honestly want to! I’m not going to lie, though. I’m just a smidgen scared about it all.
Because we won’t be inheriting the Farmhouse that already sits on the property (that’s going to his Brother), our largest hurdle will be actually finding a way to build a house out there. Unfortunately, even the cheapest house will likely run us $50,000 USD after installation- and quite frankly, we have no idea how on Earth we’re going to manage it.
We also have to come up with a cohesive plan for clearing, refencing, and readying the land. There’s also the plan for purchasing the necessary livestock that needs to be considered. And once we have them, what can we do to decrease the costs of keeping them- and how are we going to manage it all?
It’s not going to be easy. In fact, just starting an Orchard would be so much easier on us. But this is what we want, and I’m determined to get it done whatever way that I possibly can. Regardless, though, the project’s still a long ways out; we have to finish our 5 year plan here and get rid of our debt before we can even consider doing anything with the land.
As of right now, we’ll be throwing all our efforts into the same step that was required to start the Orchard: Clearing the land… And boy, that steps going to be a lot of work.