My friend and co-worker, 50-something Janelle, did a 360 degree turnaround in her life last year. She purchased a foreclosure property--a farm to be exact. From living in the suburbs as an empty-nester single mom knowing little about farming, Janelle set out to fulfill a life-long dream of owning a farm.
Janelle spent the first year on her farm cleaning up what had been a former rental property. She put up fences, made the house nicely livable and repaired what was broken. She purchased chickens, turkeys, sheep, fainting goats and a donkey. The amount of work she has done in just one year building her dream farm is staggering. I suggested she write a blog about her farm, a sort of Under the Tuscan Sun adventure journal, but Janelle is "just too busy for blogging."
Recently Janelle updated me on her progress with the farm. She has planted fruit trees and soon will add large quantities of assorted vegetables. Forty-five more chickens and a few more turkeys will be arriving this week as her chicken coops are being completed. Next year she plans to sell organic produce and the eggs from her cage-free chickens as part of a farm co-operative venture.