Water is critical for survival. Life cannot be sustained without it. For those of you who live in the city, you simply turn on your tap and water flows freely; and if it doesn’t, you have a utility company to call for service and fix your water problem.
What do you do if you live out in the country, and you turn on the faucet one afternoon – only to have brown water trickle out and then stop flowing altogether? This happened to us recently! We are normally conservative with our water usage and we’ve also had quite a bit of rain this season, so running our well dry was not an immediate concern… until it actually happened.
We are fairly new to homeschooling, having started the journey just last November. Since we started nearly mid-year, I did not want to shell out a large amount of money for an out-of-the-box curriculum, especially since we were giving homeschooling a trial run and we weren’t sure how it would go.
I did my best to put together my own curriculum, from a variety of free or cheap sources, and switched gears as we explored the multitude of options — there are just so many out there!! I found it bewildering and overwhelming at times, so I wanted to share some insights I gained while I cobbled our curriculum together.
When we started shopping a property last fall, one of my silly concerns was internet access. While it’s not technically a need, our plans entailed homeschooling for the kids and remote employment & continued education for me. Oh, how we’ve been spoiled with cable internet… And y’all, I just need to vent a little bit.
Proper planning for a garden takes patience, research, and if you’re type A like me, a spreadsheet or two! The first consideration is to figure out what we would like to grow and we had a list a mile long. As this was to be our first garden in Georgia, and we would be planting in red clay soils and harvesting in much hotter temperatures, we decided that hardy heirloom vegetable types that were noted for performing better in the southern climate were the best choices. Another consideration for us was that the garden space was previously home to invasive kudzu. We did not want to invest a large amount of money and time into planting in a space that might be rendered unusable if we were not able to effectively eradicate the kudzu. So small, hardy, Southern garden it was!
So what exactly are we aiming for, here on Fluster Farm? While we would love to have a completely sustainable, independent, off-grid lifestyle, our current property at a little over 5 acres is too small to support that dream. Continue reading “Our Dream”