The verse of the day for New Years Eve 2015 was –
This is what the Lord says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
Makes since to see this verse today since a new year can be a new start for some. Sabrina and I have set a new course in motion just before Thanksgiving, we bought 10 acres in greenback, TN! We want to try something new and different and incorporate that into what we are already doing.
Our short-term goal is to get a small sustainable farm infrastructure in place in the next 12 months. Our friends have mentioned that we must be crazy to want to transition to a farming lifestyle. We probably are- crazy that is, some in the family think we’re nuts and others seem excited about the idea.
We still plan to keep our day jobs by continuing to do SEO work for clients. Photography By Sabrina is still going strong but we’ll try to tap into a different market segment while trying to maintain our current client base.
We don’t have a political or environmental agenda per se; we just want to live a different lifestyle while trying to establish a homestead sustainable environment. We plan on planting herbs, vegetables and flowers for our personal use and to have enough to sell or give away to family and friends.
Our midterm goal (fall 2015) is to set up a Community Supported Agriculture farm by providing wholesome and organically healthy food for a like-minded community.
Once we decided to do this we realized just how many friends are already doing this on some scale or another. I served with quite a few former Special Forces guys who have been doing this for some time. I was also pleased to see our friends Deborah Korlin, a local realtor in Sevierville, have begun this journey too! As I read their family end of year letter I was comforted to see that they were just as “ignorant” as we are but are enjoying this new path regardless!
We did not know just what it entails to set up a basic food production crop plot. Before we closed on the land we went to the University of Tennessee’s annual Organic Farm Field Day. Boy did we learn just how much we don’t know and just scratched the surface of what we were expected to know!
I’m not declaring that God has made my way in the desert but I do have a hope and confidence that He’ll direct me nonetheless. Stay tuned and subscribe to our blog to see what we do and the lessons we will learning along the way.