Starting over

I’m sure for many of you, this is the first time you’ve heard from me in over a year. I sold the farm property in the city in the summer of 2016. I closed down the farmer’s market stall in November of 2016. I have been on a mission to get back to farming ever since.

This blog will serve as a landing place for all things farm. For now, it will be a place you can read and follow along on my journey of creating and living a simple life. I’ve always done it, but I have done a poor job of documenting it.  I eventually intend to link a Flint River Farm youtube channel that will publish how to video content and product reviews. Feel free to click and subscribe to be notified when I finally get around to editing videos.

I recently purchased a home with some acreage and a greenhouse outside of the city of Flint.

house exterior

It was a really long road to get here. Turns out, mortgage companies are not super excited to lend money to self employed urban farmers of 8 years. (You’re surprised aren’t you?) I found myself working another 9-5 job through most of 2017. This allowed me to get a loan and get back to doing what I love.  Well, almost. First, we are completely gutting and remodeling the house. Stay tuned for those blog posts.

In order to keep my sanity while working in a more traditional environment, I started a small custom woodworking business called Plane and Simple . I have neglected my social media and marketing lately as most of my orders are word of mouth and local. I’ll add that to my list of things to do. Here is a photo of some work I took to a craft show in the fall. plane and simple work

I’m anxious for spring to get here. My seed order has come in  and my bare root strawberries will be on their way here soon. I know we have a ridiculous amount of work still to do on the house. Large scale farming seems really far off at the moment. My game plan is to get all of my fruit trees and berries in this season along with a small kitchen garden in the attached greenhouse.

I purchased the new place in December. I haven’t even gotten an opportunity to go dig up the soil in the yard. I have no idea what I’m working with yet but god knows it has to be better than the concrete and clay we had in the city. Call me pompous, but I am convinced that if I could make a living on that dirt, I can make a living anywhere. I hope I can offer you some advice if you are trying to do the same.

If you’ve always wondered what it would be like to buy a cheap house with some land, quit your job and make a living farming, creating and living the life you love. You have come to the right place. Follow the journey here.

coming soon:

  • repairs to the home, barns and the systems that keep them going
  • seed ordering/ starting, transplant growing and planting
  • soil and forest management
  • making things
  • paying the bills