Whenever I get stressed out about all the stuff we need to do on the farm, Ross always says "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time". And my response is always "Well, I'm choking on elephant meat".
The to-do list on the farm is never ending is quite overwhelming. Our major focus right now is getting the fields prepped and ready to go so that we can start planting as soon as possible. We will start working on transplants this week. There's a lot to plant including spring greens like kale and pak choy and brassicas like broccoli and cauliflower. We finished up some greenhouse tables this weekend so that we have a nice warm place for the transplants to grow.
We also spent a big chunk of time this weekend clearing trees off our driveway. As previously mentioned the farm was abandoned for a long time before we bought the land so everything is overgrown. The road needs light and air circulation to it keep it from turning into a bumpy mud hole. After cutting trees for a couple of weekends now, we're about half done with the driveway.
I'm really happy with the progress we're made thus far on the farm. Ross is totally right that we just have to take each day one step at a time because the chore list is endless. If you ever get caught up on the farm there's definitely something you forgot about. So I'm taking a chill pill and happily eating my elephant meat.
Ross and Jillian Mickens are the owners and operators of Open Door Farm located in the North Carolina Piedmont.