Basically, we are a nursery

Every property we have owned has started with my imagination and instincts – where, how, when, with what, all in regards to the land, the buildings, and the addition of animals, plants, and the energy it all creates. It is a totally organic process in the fact that I let the property itself guide me.

I for sure stumble when I try to rush or negate my intuition, but as I do on the daily, I simply get back up and dust myself off, and keep moving forward.

Our farm opened up this year and revealed it’s true purpose with what we are creating here, and that it is in fact a nursery. New life, beautiful life, and lots of it.

Growing from seed to plant to table.

Incubating from egg to chick to hen.

Milking, watering, harvesting, breeding, birthing, raising, all of the ing’s

Water water water water water – this is the theme that keeps everything doing what it is supposed to do, from the beginning to the end, water is the theme for life on our farm, and my ducks pleasure!

From April thru August I am out checking on my greenhouse, garden, pasture grasses, and animals.

New life from the ground up and tender care each day. Checking in, feeding, watering, caring, sitting down and spending time with everyone.

Three to four times a day I am walking every inch of our property tending to everything.

When I am asked how do you ever get to do anything else? Well, for me, I have created place here. A place I want to be more than anyplace else. Everything I love and do is here, and the realness of it all is that I don’t have plants and animals to pretend I don’t have plants and animals so I can do other things. I have plants and animals because they are what I love to do with my time. It is the place that makes sense to every part of me, whether I finish my day with a full bucket of milk or bruises, it is mine and makes sense to me.

So here is a little tour of our August farm. We have had lots of fire smoke and a hot summer, not my ideal, but it has been an amazing gardening year, lots to harvest in the way of pretty much everything, including freakin’ figs in Montana!

I have been giving Farm Tours each week for those that want to learn more – if you are interested in learning about systems, varieties, wild vs cultivated plants, companion planting, soil/compost, seasons, etc – CHECK IT OUT

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Sherry Brainard says:

    I have been wondering what happened to you, so GOOD to hear from you again, I love your letters!  I finally have 5 acres, two preggo goats, my three dogs with Chickens and chicken house on the way, my husband is deployed and just got out of Afghanistan 3 days ago!!  Thanking God!  But things are going slowly as I am doing this alone, but it is progressing forward.  Thanks for the update, looking forward to the next.SincerelySherry

    1. Nancy Tanner says:

      you should be grateful he is on his way home, I am happy for you both!
      Oh have a great time with your does and soon to be kids – I have some goat info coming …

  2. Tricia says:

    So beautiful. Lovely editing, lovely music. You can feel the love for the place.

    1. Nancy Tanner says:

      thank you, and once the smoke lifts the blue sky adds the cherry!

  3. Cass says:

    Lovely Farm Tour. I especially appreciate how roomy everything is….. plenty of space for both plants and animals. I live on a city lot, so my garden is compact and crowded. but so productive….. Good on you for creating this oasis of bounty and love. It’s inspiring….

    1. Nancy Tanner says:

      it is roomy in a way, just enough to get carts and wheelbarrows through everything – all of the grass pathways are shaved down each week which creates our green manure for compost, and bedding for our quail – congratulations on your garden, productive counts for everything!

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  5. Ella-Kate Showers says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

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