John Weiland wrote:--Do you feel that the un-plowed acres have to be "managed" in some way to suit some vision of where you wanted to be? Sometimes it's best to leave the fallow stuff for later and let nature take its own course on those acres while you just settle in with the amount that is directly providing food.
Bernie Farmer wrote:For 20 years I grew 75% of our food, raised goats and chickens, foraged, canned, learned every skill I could for homesteading while living on an urban lot. Over all those years it seemed that having more land would just give me more space to grow more of our food, have a few more animals, get away from the endless neighborhood dramas, etc ... I couldn't wait to move to the country.
Now that I have almost 6 acres in the country I find I'm simply overwhelmed by it all and I just don't get it. I'm not trying to plow up the whole lot and garden endlessly or add ten new varieties of animals so I'm baffled at why I feel so overwhelmed by it all now. Is this a normal thing for new-ish landowners? (we bought the place 2 years ago July)
I am, now, taking care of my mom who has alzheimers which is a challenge but before I had children and special needs foster children, so that comittment to dependents hasn't really changed. We're also renovating an old house ... but we were doing that in town too.
I've tried making lists, setting schedules, focusing on one project at a time and I end up with my brain buzzing, feeling like I've done nothing, accomplished nothing, and worried about the future.
This farm is supposed to be our place of peace and I'm finding it anything but peaceful.