Yikes, I think I missed or lost a whole month? Spring is such a busy time on the homestead and the list of things to do seems endless. Here in the north, it is also a time of awakening, coming out of our long winter’s hibernation, and the anticipation of “getting” it right this year! Every fall I look back and say, “well, maybe next year I will get that done, my garden will be better, I will stay ahead of the weeds around the farm, take better care of my livestock, and catch that swarm”. So, here we are….another spring and a new hope!
I was the creed speaker for our Future Farmers of America Association (F.F.A.) my freshman year of high school. The F.F.A. creed is the “who we are” of the National Future Farmers Association. It was written by E.M. Tiffany in 1928 and is still descriptive of those involved in agriculture today. The second paragraph holds the most truths for those of us who “endear” to live an agrarian life.
“I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.”
I usually believe that I was born in the wrong era. I perhaps even “romanticize” a slower, old fashioned lifestyle, thus….homesteading. However, I am very often grateful for modernization and grocery stores. Especially, when the “hours of discouragement” are the losses of plants and livestock that would become our food in the future months. I am glad to know that even when the dog gets in with the chicks, the garden freezes, fruit trees don’t survive the winter, spring blossoms freeze, or they just don’t produce, livestock dies, and bee hives don’t winter over….. we will not starve, because we can simply go to the market!
But it is spring on the homestead and we will try again. After all, “success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm”. The second go round of chicks are in the brooder house, the garden is tilled and ready for planting, the orchard pruned, raspberries caned, lambs marked, the bees are out and about, lawns thatched, aerated, and fertilized and the windows are washed. But best of all the turquoise chairs are out and I plan to spend some well earned time in them…before the real work begins!