"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Farm? Only a Vision~at First

I originally posted this on November 30, 2008.  I have been looking over the farm since we arrived here and I am absolutely giddy with how far we have come, considering we ventured into the unknown.  It seems like times are going to be tough for some years to come for many Americans, if we stay on the course we are on.  I am reposting this, to share with those that now are looking to simplify their lives, and reduce the expenses of the normal American life...that it can be done~as we are the proof. 

Growing up in Ohio tainted my interpretation of what a farm was. I envisioned red barns, white fences and well~ green grass, trees, and a ditch or two. That is not the case here in New Mexico. Nearly every operation out here is referred to as a ranch. I was determined to be unique and therefore decided that we would live on a farm. But the truth of the matter was that this humble piece of property that we have was never a farm, and most certainly only scrub desert. We saw beyond the thorns, cactus, sand, rocks and envisioned a FARM!

We are only one year into the operation, and it has left permanent scars on our arms, as the mesquite is not forgiving as you try to remove it, trim it, or work around it. Yet we continue. Our time line is at year 4 to look like the farm we envisioned. When our agent showed us the property we could not walk through and see much as it was overgrown. It took three weeks to realize that the back had a fenced in area for the yard!

So here are the lemons we have(you know-when life gives you lemons- make lemonade)


Clearing mesquite...click on the photo to see the thorns...I saw the beans growing on the trees(bush) and began to harvest them, and we dried them for the animals. Boy they love dried mesquite beans.


When the monsoon season flooded parts of the property and the native grasses grew...we harvested the grasses with homemade sickles...and had Jen sized bales for the animals!

We still have much of the property that is nearly impassible. Oh and shoes do not stop the thorns...one thing we have purchased excess of was tweezers and peroxide!!


Here is a photo near the front of the property with one of my sons wandering. We have clearings here and there that more dry, desolate things will grow in...
So although one may believe that we found a great deal on a fixer upper (former) farm, that is not the case. We just knew that often to make what you desire takes much more mental ability then actually things that are real.

Don't ever believe that you can't achieve something, as we here on the Double Nickel Farm know that with God-all things are possible.

November 6, 2013~We have leaned more on God than I ever knew one could, and I can say with absolute certainty that our strength has come from Him.  Our goals evolved over the years, and we are working for a more sustainable property that provides a large portion of our needs.  We are older, three of the kids are on their own and yet, we still look back upon Bill's accident as the point that has radically changed us for the better.  

Thanks for visiting,
Jennifer

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