This is real life!

7 Jan

Now that we’ve finally moved, it seems like everything is a. real, and b. moving at super-speed time warp. It is finally January, the month I had labeled in my head as “Action Month,” and I am having to face up to all of the to-do lists I’ve created for getting this darn farm up and running. Not only that, but, like I mentioned, it seems like every day carries it’s own idea on how long a minute or an hour is, and every day wants to shorten. I’m certain this has less to do with what we call “winter” and more to do with my own experience of things right now.

One thing I have had to learn, rather importantly, is to only try and deal with one thing at a time- whatever is most imminent at any given point. If I think about ALL of the things I have to do, NOTHING gets done. It’s this crazy life-thing I have been observing my whole life; the burden of choice. If there are too many options or too many challenges, I am positive that humans face a particular kind of paralysis.

So first on my agenda is setting up our bank account. It is the last step in the long process of setting up our indiegogo account in order to crowdsource some funds. In case anyone reading this doesn’t know (or anyone is reading this at all), sites like kickstarter/indiegogo/etc. are websites that act as platforms for projects to receive donations online. There are a lot of different versions of this, but essentially you ask for your friends and family to donate to you in order to reach a certain dollar amount, and in return you offer them “perks” for joining your cause. It requires a lot of time and effort to be successful, but the main thing is that it can be successful.

Once we link up our bank account to the site, we can launch our fundraiser and begin taking donations. It is super exciting, and I think with the perks we have laid out, as well as our plan, passion, and a pretty cute little video, we will really reach some people who may want to support some small farmers just starting off.

Other things on my list include ordering seeds (which I’ve already picked out- yay!), contacting farmer’s markets, locating some good manure, building a greenhouse & Quonset  hut & chicken coop, and, you know, nothing that’s any big deal. Nothing that should’ve just made me PANIC. 🙂 Either way, I can’t think about all those things right now.

It’s all about taking one step at a time.


6 Responses to “This is real life!”

  1. Cassia Hendrickson January 7, 2013 at 4:33 am #

    I will contribute whatever I can, you go my friend! It was so good to read this blog ;o)

  2. Nelle Pierson January 7, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    Nice, Claire! I’m excited for your new endeavor and eager to follow along. Sending positive, productive vibes, and soon a donation your way.

    • ayearofconsciousliving January 7, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

      we are living parallel lives. seriously. OUR first order of business this month is to open a bank account to start accepting donations for our farm. We’ve got the website ALMOST done, but the paypal button doesn’t go to anything yet. I’ll send you a link when we’re finished. Happy diggin’!

      • beginningfarmerdirt January 19, 2013 at 1:53 am #

        Lyndsey….as hard as I try, I CANNOT get to your blog. I click and click and all I can find is your Gravatar, whatever that stupid thing is. Send me a link?

        Also, thanks so much for donating. I am SO looking forward to seeing/helping fund your farm 🙂 I can hardly believe that this is happening at the same time to each of us… I can’t think about it too hard or it freaks me out.

        Much love,

    • beginningfarmerdirt January 19, 2013 at 1:55 am #

      Nelly! I saw your mother’s yearly update at my parent’s house this year and got to sneak a look at pictures of you in Morocco, etc. You are on a lovely endeavor yourself, and I love the work you’re doing with your women’s bicycling organization. Too bad you are so far away! I would love to ride off the sidewalk with you 🙂

      Thanks for the vibes, and please come visit us sometime!

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