In my off farm life I am a teacher, and today was one of those oh-so-special-holy-grail days of teaching, the snow day. Or ice day as it may be in the case of today. We had an early release yesterday due to predictions of dangerous conditions at the end of the school day, and this morning I received a phone call letting me know that I didn’t have to go in. This could not have come at a better time as this is a tough time of year for a teacher. My principal calls it “the dog days of education;” when it’s dreary outside and we are well into the year but Spring Break seems far away and the kids and teachers are trying to find new ways to best each other in the game of school. I really love my job, but it can be rough.
Nonetheless, the R&R I got today allowed me to reflect on where we are with the farm and where we were a year ago. Last year I was at home on leave following the death of our baby boy, and in our shock we decided that the right decision to move forward was to buy pigs; and not just a couple, but a herd of 28 pigs. On February 28th we will have been pig farmers for a year, and what a year it has been. We found out that Large Black Pigs running around, ears flapping in the wind, is one of the most enjoyable things to watch in the world. We’ve endured the struggles of having too many boars because they came as a package deal, and are working on solving that. We discovered some secrets of growing really delicious pork and have found the strength to resist eating bacon for every meal. And we learned that Jordan is a pig person much more so than a sheep or cattle person, and he delights in spending time with them.
So where are we now? Well, if you’ve been to the website in the last couple of days you may have noticed some changes. If you haven’t, go check it out! We had to make the decision to renew our contract with our old website for another year, or buy into a different service. We were happy with our old website, but as we grow there are features that we want to have access to that our old service couldn’t provide. Switching websites, however, is no small undertaking and I have spent a lot of time at the computer in the last couple weeks attempting to create a site that is beautiful, engaging, and helps us connect better with our supporters. We hope you like the new site and if there is information or features you would like us to include, please let us know!
Thus as I was pondering today that we are now starting a new adventure with a new website and just about a year ago we were jumping off a cliff and into a pile of pigs it occurred to me that February/March is really the farmer’s new year. As the days start to get longer and we begin to hope that winter will end soon, and all the stresses of last year’s growing season have faded and summer seems like an idyllic time, we are crazy enough to start on new endeavors and make big leaps that will hopefully bear out positively in the coming year. I hope to have some other big news for you in the coming weeks that will affirm this celebratory feeling for us. So with that, I thank you for reading, invite you to reach out to us with any questions and I wish you a Happy Farmer’s New Year!