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Thursday, November 7, 2013

About (Mai) Farming Mama

Family, Farming and Me


Good day !  I would like to introduce myself as "Farming Mama". I'm 42, married with 3 children 2 girls (22, 19) and a quite funny young man who's my son. And he is 11. I'm a nurse, herbalist, I'm frugal, and a naturalist. I love DIY, sewing, canning, poetry and so much more.  I love to have fun and have a blast with my family. We are very close. I have a grandson who's now 3 1/2 mo and a sweet son-in-law. 

I wasn't always a farmer, I was born and raised in a small town in NJ, I thought about farming, having my own land often as a young girl growing up. Raised by my Nana, I learned many things early, gardening, cooking and washing clothes by hand n hanging them to dry. I was about 8 when she had me standing on the kitchen chair watching her clean n cut greens, fry chicken n baking cakes. At nine I was helping, and by twelve doing it all with or without her.

I enjoyed my time with my grandmother and miss her very much. I'm so grateful to have had a wonderful teacher and role model. 

I'm  thinking  back as I write this and it all brings a smile to my face. I remember wanting to know how it was to be a pioneer, cowgirl, Indian lol.  I always admired the way of life way back when.  Growing crops, fruit n nut trees, baking bread, preserving food, raising live stock and sewing. Things were not always good or buy far easy. We've heard of the droughts, crops not growing, crops eaten by bugs and more.  I love the modest dresses and hats the women wore, the shoes, boots and gloves.

I didn't know how much work it took til a year ago when my husband "Mister Farmer" and I decided to start a small farm for ourselves and also share with our friends and fellow worshipers.  We did have a plan, but it did not always go as planed. We bought the land and it took us just about a year to find a house. Once in our home Mister Farmer immediately bought a sheep and a goat. We had a husky at that time.. She would be around the sheep and goat n not bother them.  Mister Farmer did not fence them in and needless to say they were dinner for the husky . One day we went out to come home and they were. Whelp you get the picture. She is no longer a part of our family. We had no clue she would attack them. "When the cats away the mice will play."

We one time bought sheep and brought them home to mingle with the other animals, we didn't put them in the pen because the others were out. We thought that they would do as the others did. Lmbo! We were so wrong. They all (the new ones) made a run for it.. Bolted for the woods. While our established animals (not knowing what the commotion was about) ran right back into the pen thank goodness. So we had a field day catching the new sheep. And we found them all except one. Mister Farmer bought chickens and they too were free to roam, our neighbors dogs snacked on some of our chickens. Mister Farmer decided to listen to my pleas and fence the yard and make a chicken pin and run and a larger animal pen. We bought fruit trees and were so proud of their placement.

One evening Mister Farmer decided to let the animals out to forage. And forage they did. All the goats had a nice meal on all our fruit trees.They then were no longer allowed to come out. The run/pen for them is large, there's grass and plenty of trees they can snack on.


Late summer of 2012, Mister Farmer came home with a beautiful Angus. We call her Chocolate,  she's not little anymore, and it's hard to keep her in the pin. She calmly and willingly does what she wants. She listens for the most part but you do not always catch her in time to say, " No, don't eat that ". Or "Shew!!!"  

We have had so many mishaps that we've learned from and are still learning. With all that being said, you plan but it does not always go how you planned it or wanted it. You just have to try again and hope you got it right this time. DON'T GIVE UP!  Continue with your dreams.



I love what I do. I would not trade it in for the world. I know what's in my veggies, fruit and what's in my meat. It's trying and rewarding. 

I'm looking forward to writing to you all and sharing my trials, in and outs, fun times, projects and every day life with you beauty queens.  I'm eager to learn from you all as well. I may have some questions on how to do something now and then.

Also, you do not have to be a pro to get a garden going, start small, grow in pots. Get those hands dirty.

"Don't go through life, Grow through life!" 


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22 comments:

  1. Great first introductory blog post! Hello & welcome to blogging xxx
    I can't wait to read more about your family's adventures xxx

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  2. I have never been on a farm! But I would love to go to one!

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  3. Lovely introduction and I am happy that you were able to follow your dreams. I believe that anyone can follow their dreams if they put their mind to it. Look forward to many more of your postings.

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  4. I grew up on a farm in Spain and I have many fond memories of spending time around the animals. Those were definitely simpler times.

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  5. Do not know if my last comment went through so well done on all you have achieved so far its amazing to be able to raise and use your own animals and crops.

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  6. I love this! "Don't go through life, Grow through life!"

    I spent my first 18 years in the country and farming and my next 18 trying to get away from it. Now, I would give anything to be back in the country living that kind of life.

    Great that you love what you do.

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  7. Oh wow how fun! I would love to have a small holding one day - I shall keep on dreaming though.

    I look forward to hearing more about your farm :) x

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  8. I always thought having a farm would be fun! Of course I only have ducks right now!

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  9. Growing Up MadisonNovember 9, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Wow! I've always wanted to take my kids to a farm. The closest they've been to animals really is at the petting zoo. I'm sure it's quite a bit of work as well.

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  10. Oh my gosh, I can just picture your surprise when they took off for the woods! LOL! I can see how you would get a wonderful feeling of reward from working your own land.

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  11. I don't know how well I would do on a farm. Sure I grew up in the country, but I'm not quite that country! lol

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  12. Thank you for sharing this story... It reminds me of my husband and I with our garden this past summer. Neither one of us had grown a garden prior... HUGE learning experience! That Angus is beautiful, by the way! And I love her name!

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  13. We have sheep and we have had a lot of trouble with them eating poisonous plants. We keep cleaning out the field and they find something else.

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  14. I have always wanted to have a small hobby farm. We had chickens for a while and we just loved them. I wish you all of the best and look forward to reading about all the crazy things that happen on your farm.

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  15. Farming is hard work! My grandma used to run one, so I know what all it tKes to keep it going! I am looking forward to hearing more about yours

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  16. The life of a farmer is not an easy one, there is so much work involved However, I am hoping it is worth it as I would love to own land and at least have a garden and a few animals on it. You guys sound like me, make up your mind you want something and get it through trial and error

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  17. I always watch the farmers around here when Spring rolls around. I love the sense of community everyone has coming out to help one another.

    I'm sorry to hear about your mishaps. Happy you're still loving what you do and moving forward. Sounds like it'll be a fun adventure to read about.

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  18. I love the idea of living on a farm but it would be too much work for me

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  19. This is where my husband and I eventually want to end up! Not a big commercial farm, but just a little farm so we can be more self reliant! ALthough we aren't sure about a cow, we definitely want a horse, goats/sheep, chickens and a big garden with fruit trees! Yum!

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  20. That is some undertaking you and Mr. Farmer took on without any real knowledge! Well live and learn as they say and it seems that you two are learning rather quickly! I look forward to reading more from you in the near future.

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  21. How fun to live on a farm. I definitely can not wait to read more!

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  22. This reminds me of our farm back home. Great intro post!

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