At Taproot our calendar year starts on March 9. Why? Because that is our farm anniversary! 3 years ago we began this adventure- the house was almost finished, but we really had no idea where this would all lead us.
Today, as we enter our 4th spring, our farm vision is becoming much more clear.We moved out here thinking it would be a place simply for relaxation and recreation, but very quickly that part-time idea evaporated and we decided to make it our permanent home.
Our dream is to create a more self-sufficient homestead- providing almost all the food we eat; a good portion of our household energy, all the while being much better stewards of the environment. A bonus has been discovering a vibrant community of like-minded people who share our passion for a sustainable life- we are learning so much from them! We feel lucky to be part of a community that works hard, questions conventional assumptions and doesn’t take itself too seriously (we laugh a lot!)
The warm winter gave us a jump-start on this year’s farm plans:
Tim finished fencing 1/2 of our front hayfield. We are going to start a rotational pasture system where we move the animals from paddock to paddock in order to keep them on fresh grass and allow the grasses to recover between grazings. Click here for the before and after photos.
We introduced a new ram to our ewes in December and we are pretty confident that all 3 are pregnant which would mean baby lambs in May! The ram’s name is G.W. (after the 1st president- not the 43rd), but we call him “little man”. With all the new fenced-in pasture we decided to add one more ewe lamb to the flock. We picked her up from Church View farm in early March- just 8 weeks old. She’ll be called Mamie to continue the First Lady theme. She’s a beauty!
Last year’s big project was our straw bale and cob artist cottage, Querencia, and we’re happy to say it is about 85% complete. With a water-proof lime exterior and cute little woodstove, it weathered the winter beautifully. Some of Beth’s talented friends are giving the cottage personality by sewing cushions, arranging furniture and painting the cupola. Just a couple more workshops to go- Natural Interior Paints on Saturday, April 28 and Finish Adobe Floor on Saturday June 9. Come join us for the fun!
Click here for some photos of the most recent cottage updates.