YES!

More rain.

And I am told that some areas close by have received up to 6 inches of rain.

And this is nothing on the poor flooded streets of my sweet Galveston.

We expect another inch today. I have shifted the three pigs. Their whole field is a mire. I am also considering bringing the last two fat hogs from down the back, into the barn. So far their houses are still dry but I am not sure how long that will last. The waters are rising.

You will remember that this land is very low geographically and until the ancestors drained it they were surrounded in deep swamp. I think that this land will be returned to swamp in the next half century.

The fields are tilled but this rain will hold up the wheat planting. And after this past spring’s lesson; there are no guarantees that a crop will even get in let alone grow healthy and get harvested.

But my small scale farming proceeds quite nicely.

We all try to leave a place better off than when we found it. And so far I am pleased with the sustainable improvements we have achieved here. Who ever lives here after I am gone has a sensible infrastructure and sustainable systems in place, to grow their own food and make a living from the land. The next generation is now learning how to farm the land he will inherit; organically.

It is not my land – all John’s family land – but still it is important to me that he and his sons have the tools and information to manage the land properly, cleanly and simply, naturally and sustainably in our challenging modern world with its challenging changing climate.

I am working towards a plan with my own children to begin teaching my own young family in New Zealand the same lessons I am learning here. How to grow your own food. Just as soon as we find a patch of land. I hope I have enough time to do all this.

Food farming on two different continents! That is a pretty big plan on a very small scale.

A lot of the answers for living in this changing climate will come from the young designers. Architects. Scientists. Inventors. We need to adapt as peoples move from the burnt out landscapes to the wetter ones in search of food. We need to stop moaning and marching and get building and drawing the plans. And while we are at it better start designing farm boots for wide flat web feet! There is plenty of room out here as long as you don’t mind mud.

I have a plan. And a list. Objectives. Dreams and reality.

What is your plan?

Celi

38 Comments on “YES!

    • Yes. Certainly the ducks are happy. But I have brought the two back pigs to the barn/ they are wet all the time and their shelter is inadequate for their size now . They could not dry out and were pacing the fences. My guess was right – 10 minutes after bringing them in they had burrowed into the dry straw and were sleeping.

  1. I have just finished listening to young Greta Thunberg’s powerful speech at the UN on climate change. Wow! Your post today, Cecilia, couldn’t be more apropos.

  2. I don’t have a plan– being neither a moaner or a marcher who just thinks too much– but I sure do like your approach. That last big paragraph set me thinking about hope. And your point above that about the swamp before and possibly trying to return gave me the broad picture of how we can learn to live with but not be overwhelmed by nature. Also It’s really helpful to hear you talk about John’s sons and then your own family far away– I want to start thinking that way, about responsibility now and about passing on hope. And the importance of plans.

  3. I’ve spent the last couple of Wet seasons wondering if we should get a small dinghy and outboard even though we’re 15km inland. Every year the flooding is worse, beaches are eroded away, farmland goes under. Rice paddies, perhaps?

      • Kate, you may have been kidding about the rice fields, but when Celi was talking about living in a flood plain and adapting to the wet, that’s exactly what crossed my mind…

        • Rice would be a pretty good alternative to sugarcane for this area if extensive storm season flooding becomes an annual event. But we’re mostly at sea level, so if sea levels rise, the little hill we live on will become a small island in a very large saltwater lake! A small boat powered by ethanol or biodiesel sounds like a good future plan…

  4. I have been reading about the continent they found under Europe and all the continental shifts that have come before. Our Earth is never still so we must be prepared for anything. My plans are short term. Readying my trailer for sale and then traveling until. There is so much heartbreak around the world. Your plan is sound and I pray you accomplish all of it. Not so many would have thought to care about the poor cold, wet pigs. You are a very special human.

  5. It’s good to have a plan, and a voice and media so you can share the plan with others who also need inspiration for their own plans. My plan is to live lightly and well out here in the village in the hills in our old house on our small residential block, learning as much as I can about what I can… currently permaculture which I’ve discovered is pretty much the answer to anything anywhere… and sharing what I learn with anyone who is interested.

  6. Each one of us should have a plan. Each will inevitably be different. According to place, possibilities and abilities. What a joy to know one’s being here has made just even an iota difference . . . ..

  7. Your comments about returning to swamp remind me of the Horicon marsh here in Wisconsin and not too far from my place. It’s the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the US but it was actually mostly drained and farmed in the not too distant past. It’s been restored and is now divided between state and federal control. There are driving routes and a boardwalk and education center. It’s a really interesting place to visit. As for my plans, like dailylife I’m trying to live lightly on the land while trying to personally delete as many chemicals from my life. Small steps but I try.

  8. My plan now is to keep trying to teach myself and my children to question our own behavior. To only buy what we need. To buy what will last. To learn to fix, mend, repair what is broken. To stay away from disposable as much as possible. To buy local. To avoid packaging. We don’t drive. We’re walkers…to keep this trend alive and well! It’s not a plan for riding waters. But it’s necessary. Living in Milan in a fashion capital you see the problem from the continual consumption angle. That mentality has to be changed. Also… I agree. Rice. No joking. Plant rice. It feeds people. And it loves sitting water. MILAN is surrounded by rice paddies.

  9. I LOVE to read your blog. The infinite care you give your animals, your plans for what is going to be a very different future
    and your thoughts and machinations on daily life. Then to follow it all up with your readers thoughts and plans for the future. I have retired and therefore able to lead a relatively simple life with a garden large enough to grow some veg.
    I live in a village surrounded by four of my grown up family and their children so consider myself very lucky.
    Thank you so much, everyone.

  10. We purchased our place in July 2019 to get away from having so many neighbors. I am not certain how the plan gradually changed from wanting land for my horse into converting some dilapidated buildings and vacant land into a fully functional farm; but the change occurred nonetheless. Functional is a strong word for what we have right now, but with God’s grace one year soon we will be more self food sustainable. That’s my plan. But until I sort out how to grow coffee and avocados here in South Carolina, we’ll keep going to the grocery store.

  11. Do you have a favorite pair of work boots?
    We are working through plans of moving to my parents’ land to help them with their vineyard as they age, and expand it into vegetables, orchard, chickens, and goats.
    I am somehow fixated on which work boots would best stand the mix of hot summers and frozen winters. Unless you have two types?

  12. We must all grow as many green and living things as we can, regardless of where we are; let grazing animals grow where crops cannot; produce Life instead of Waste…
    We must lead by example to show that we can counteract the browning others do and continue to talk – as we are right now – amongst each other to show that such behaviour that is harmful to to our planet is also unacceptable to Society – those of us who would have an Earth upon which humankind can thrive, not just survive; working with Nature’s cycles so She can heal.

  13. This is totally off the subject up here in rainy northern Michigan but I plan on buying some of your flour to make a high protein bread – I used to make my own bread years ago when I had access to good flour and would like to start again – what flour do you suggest?

    • Our highest protein bread flour is my favourite – chicago.
      It is from the Glenn wheat.
      Let me know when you order so you can get the Farmy Gift in your box.

  14. What a great plan, to pass on your knowledge to the younger generations. We all need to do this. ( as you can see, I’m treating myself to a nice little catchup on your blog)

  15. A great plan Celi … you are so inspirational! We too are organic .. I love tending our land. It sure would be good to impart knowledge to others 🙂

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