The author of Seeking Simplicity shared about her plans to rent her acreage to Amish farmers in trade for a portion of the wheat that they will grow. I left the following comment:
We barter here, too. A farmer comes and hays our field. In return he gives us 8 rounds of hay which we use to feed our horse. Unfortunately, he was pressed for time last fall, trying to get it done between rains, and much of the hay has mildewed, which is terrible for horses.
We really need to build a structure to protect the hay. We want to get a cow and so we will need to make sure that the hay doesn't go bad so we can use it all.
We've been wanting a cow so badly, but can't quite afford it, even though we're feeling nearly desperate for one. Last week I noticed a cow on my friend's place with the hugest udder! I inquired about it, and she said that another of our friends who lives in town, had purchased the cow and that they were keeping her on their property and would do the milking. This way they were bartering.
Another friend announced to me that she and a friend went in on a cow together and would split the milk.
I am hopeful that maybe we'll find someone to have such an arrangement with also.
It's been almost two months I think since I've bought a loaf of store bought bread or tortillas. This has really given us a sense of self-reliance. Wouldn't it be wonderful to grow our own wheat! Seeing how we are going through 50 lbs every 10 days we'd sure need to grow a lot! I wonder how many pounds of wheat an acre would yield?
Funny how things work. All of a sudden this week, without expecting it, I have started a bakery from home! When some friends found out that I am making my own tortillas they wanted to buy some. Some other friends requested sourdough bread. This week I sold 3 dozen tortillas, 2 loaves sourdough bread and 1 loaf pumpkin chocolate chip!
I also put up a website and have kicked off a business that the children can help me with, as they are very creative: http://amazingphototransformations.webs.com
If we can get some work from home it would sure help when my husband's business slows in the winter and maybe he wouldn't be soo pressed to drive 2 hours to the city for work.
We have this land and I sure hope we can figure out how to utilize it to the maximum.
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