Whew! We are taking some deep breaths in as we navigate having more time for our children and our hobbies outside of our farm. It seems almost impossible to be a farmer and avoid being a workaholic and we succumb to the ever present demand of the animals for whom we care. Brian had been advocating for eliminating our laying Hen flock for a year and a half. Jennie kept fighting to find different ways to solve our logistical problems and continue to provide the best quality eggs we could. She worried that if we didn’t raise hens, eggs being our most demanded product, that we would lose customers. Jennie also felt personally responsible for providing eggs for the customers who have supported our farm values with their whole hearts and wallets through our Egg CSA. A crisis in our family catalyzed our willingness to let the hens go. It was a very emotional transition because we felt like I was letting our customers down. As we talked to devoted customers on the phone and in person there were literally tears and sadness. This change has activated the lessons that we have been integrating over the last 2 years on minimalism. We are finding greater joy and more time for the things that matter in our life by cutting out the “things” that aren’t serving our highest priorities.
Wanna know what we are up to now? Stay turned for the next blog!