Saturday, July 28, 2012

anyone in illinois want to farm?

I got this email from a reader in Illinois, and if any of you are local to that area and want to help a fellow greenhorn, why don't you leave a comment or contact her? I'm sure they would appreciate it!

Jenna,

I just bought a small farmstead (5 acres) unused for about 40 years and am reclaiming it over the next year so we can move in and sell products at farmer's market. I know you are very busy...but I was wondering if you ever thought of using a blog entry to promote community for other farmers. This is my problem, too much to do and too few hands! Just me and my 2 sons, age 15 and 4. I was I hoping that some people might be in my same situation and need help while there might be others who are not yet on a farm who might be willing to offer help. You could write of this and perhaps state by state people could support each other.

Probably a crazy thought, but I know no one where my farm is located: Donovan, IL. And thought maybe some of your readers would want to help out me on a designated "Clear the Farm day" And if I am in this "boat" others must be too. Even if it is needed help picking produce/clear land/clean a garage etc...

So boils down to I need help from some Illinois readers/ west Indiana readers and I can return the favor to them in the "Future".

What do you think?
Thanks for reading:)

Holly Young

PS. Green beans, broccoli rabe, swiss chard, peaches, potatoes, chives, rosemary, oregano, cherry tomatoes, purple beans, corn, and eggs are all happening on my city garden, Have 11 chickens and 2 rabbits!

15 Comments:

Blogger CheshyrCat said...

This is for Holly, I don't know if it will help:

I am sort of in your same situation: we have 23 acres and an adorable tiny farm house we are renting with free reign for farming activities, but we're total newbies and don't know anyone in the area. So I started a homesteading meetup on meetup.com to try and create community where there is none so far. So far I've got five people joined up and we've been starting to share information with each other: places with land for rent or sale, problems with squash borers, what the heck kind of apples are these in this here apple orchard, etcetera.

Anyway, it's an idea that might bear fruit for me, and I thought maybe you'd be interested in batting it around mentally.

July 28, 2012 at 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Riley Ann said...

Hi Jenna!

Just curious if you have an email that we could contact her by!

~Riley Ann

July 28, 2012 at 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Pooh Overalls said...

Great idea! I wouldn't mind joining up with any CAFers in N. Texas. Maybe a Yahoo group for discussions about first year farming for newbies? I'm sure there are quite a few Barnhart-infected individuals that just need a little guidance.

July 28, 2012 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger shepherdkelly said...

i'm in illinois, where is donovan, i need to look at a map!

July 28, 2012 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

I'm in Eastern WA (by Northern ID) so that's no help to folks in Illinois, but I'd love to help someone out locally! I just met a farmer a week or so ago, and was just thinking it'd be great to help folks like her out sometimes.

July 28, 2012 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Thanks Jenna for posting:) This would be great for all of us if it worked out. Thanks CheshryCat for suggestion, very good thought.
Love community:)

July 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger 1believer said...

Jenna, so glad you were kind enough to post this!!! I just discovered I am only an hour and a half away dorm Donovan, Il. As a single mother with dreams of having my own homestead someday, I can't think of anything I wouldn't be more interested in helping with. What is the best way to connect us with Holly? If possible, please forward my email address to her.

Thanks again, Jenna!

:) Angela

July 29, 2012 at 12:36 AM  
Blogger 1believer said...

Jenna, so glad you were kind enough to post this!!! I just discovered I am only an hour and a half away dorm Donovan, Il. As a single mother with dreams of having my own homestead someday, I can't think of anything I wouldn't be more interested in helping with. What is the best way to connect us with Holly? If possible, please forward my email address to her.

Thanks again, Jenna!

:) Angela

July 29, 2012 at 12:37 AM  
Anonymous Patsy from Illinois said...

Holly,
I do know where Donovan is. My dad grew up in Iroquois and Sheldon. He always said the dirt was the best in the state and maybe the country. I don't really have much advice excepte to get out and talk to the farmers in the area. Good luck to ya.

July 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Holly,
You could always start your own blog. That's how Jenna got her start. Talk to locals, post ads in local papers or farmer markets. Maybe offer up garden space in exchange for help with weeing, tilling, ext. Good luck to you!
From one Holly to another!

July 29, 2012 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Trekout2 said...

I would love to do sonething like this in south Texas ... Sounds like so much fun and you could see the results of your labor...

July 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

I am so excited that some of you want to help me on the farm and even more so that others are going to start a similar "CAFers" group in their state/area. And many good ideas have been posted too. I will definitely contact those from Illinois when we get emails exchanged. Support like this just lifts the heart and re-energizes you doesn't it? I would totally exchange garden space for help or veggies/eggs or like labor at another's farm. With community we all can accomplish our dreams.

July 30, 2012 at 6:05 AM  
Blogger Patrice Nelson said...

I am in Illinois, outside of Chicago, though. God bless you and your family and I hope to hear more about your farm. Will you start a blog? I would love to read about your progress and someday visit your farm and buy veggies. Keep in touch somehow.

August 1, 2012 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Patrice Nelson said...

I am in Illinois, but outside of Chicago. God bless you and your family. I hope you have tons of success. Are you going to start a blog? I would love to read about your progress and some day visit your farm and buy veggies. I am at http://a1000julys.blogspot.com/. Keep in touch.

August 1, 2012 at 3:28 PM  
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