I had the embarrassing moment the other day when I was checking in on the farm blog and realized that I had not updated the blog since earlier in the fall. Saying a lot has happened since then is quite the understatement. I have been doing a good job of keeping people up to date via my Facebook page and with my e-mail newsletter, but it is definitely time I put up some new photos on the blog here.
I’ll give you the “in a nutshell version” and then I’ll move on to some photos to help tell the story.
First and foremost our daughter, Mabel, is 5 months old, and quite amazing. I am very much enjoying fatherhood, and that little girl has changed my life in ways I never dreamed possible.
Kate and I moved from our apartment in New Milford, CT to Camps Road Farm in Kent, CT. I had been working with Camps Road Farm alongside FoodCyclist Farm this summer. FoodCyclist being my own operation an Camps Road a farm that hired me to work the land.
I fell even further in love with farming (who knew it was possible?) and for the 2014 season I will be operating solely out of Camps Road Farm. Long story short I became the head farmer here in Kent and will be running the show. I am combining FoodCyclist Farm and Camps Road so that I do not have to split my mental energy into two places. I plan on bringing the same dedication to sustainability and quality to Camps Road as I had with FoodCyclist Farm.
I am spending my time now taking care of our egg laying chickens and our greenhouses. As Camps Road is a relatively new operation there are a lot of loose ends to tie up and a lot of planning to make sure it has a bright and beautiful future.
A lot of my photos are from this fall. I’ll do a winter post very soon with some photos of the farm in its dormant phase. It’s snowing right now and it’s fun to remember that it’s not always this cold.
I self-published a book detailing the designs and materials for my chicken tractors. It is for sale as a downloadable PDF through this website. So far it is doing pretty well and I have received only positive feedback.
The real pay-off will be next year when more photos start popping up online of people building my design. That means more chickens are being raised happy and healthy, which means more people are happy and healthy as well. After all, that’s my end goal with all of this.
Believe it or not there are a lot of things to consider when building a chicken tractor. I have spent countless hours pouring over and researching every detail. By the time I was done I had a design that not only made me happy, the chickens love it, and it constantly impresses my customers and fellow farmers.
Thanks for sharing in my journey through life. While FoodCyclist Farm is going to operate under Camps Road Farm for the time being I am still going to maintain the blog to share more information about my pursuit of my passions and even more information on farming and chickens.
Life is a journey, not a destination. Even so, I like where I’ve ended up so far.