It's mid-February and we're finally starting to get things together for the spring. Our newest additions to the farm have arrived and their cheep-cheeping is making our mudroom the happiest place in the house.
This is a really cool transition for us, from suburban homesteaders who work on other people's farms to owning our own, and the responsibilities that come with it. In just a few short days of having the 45 baby chicks around the farm it's really given me a new sense of energy and enthusiasm for the work that needs to be done.
There's still a LOT to do before we'll be properly ready for spring. The hens still don't have a permanent coop (the older ones are living a life of luxury in the barn right now), we need to find a farm truck, build a maple syrup evaporator, set up space to start our seeds, and get our business paperwork in order. But the work of taking care of all these tiny baby chicks is making the rest of it seem more manageable. It's a nice change to have a reliable set of chores where we can take the time to gather our thoughts and really get something done every day.
There's a lot to do but we're getting there, and we have a lot of great support in our community. Spring's getting closer and we're not ready but I think we will be. Can't wait!