Welcome to the June 8th 2017 edition of The ‘Steadcast, the homestead and farmstead podcast you listen to in-stead of making the mistakes yourself. I’m your host Jason of Gray Area Farm.
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This is the third and final part of the series with Doneil Freeman at Freeman Family Farm in Calhan. I’ve mentioned before that we recorded these three segments over the course of a day working on wicking garden beds, shoveling gravel and generally homesteading it up as homesteaders do. This segment runs a tiny bit long and has a lot of good information and inspiration you should listen to, so I’m going to cut down my usual News from the Farm segments and other rants. But what you need to know is that we did not get lollipop down to the breeder’s farm. Last week was a bit of a hell week, with dance recital rehearsals, Zoo Camp for both the kids, and an epic scramble to get seeds and infrastructure ordered and installed to make sure we have food for our customers this season after the Ahavah Farm partnership program was canceled. More about that during a full blown News from the Farm segment on the next episode.
Doneil and I chat about what happens when you add too much to a farm enterprise too fast, without perfected systems in place and appropriate labor force on site. We also talk a bit about why he and his family chose to move out of the city onto a homestead properties even after the farm enterprise he was involved in didn’t work out. It parallels the Gray family journey in a few surprising ways. If you haven’t listened to the previous two episodes with the earlier segments of our conversation, that’s okay. You’ll still get a lot out of this episode. But for more about wicking beds and what his family have done with their current property, go back and listen to episodes 15 and 16.