Brandi is an ambitious woman with a kind heart and honest soul. Her "about me" is one seriously impressive list. (Really.) Her blog is a beautiful respite, one of the ones I save and only read when I know I have the time to devote to taking in all her musings and wisdom on farm life and the natural world. And life too, of course. In between posts, I love seeing her photos on Instagram, capturing critters, plants and adventures in the wild. Needless to say, I'm very honored to feature her here and hope you enjoy this post and check out her blog as well. I think you'll enjoy it as much as I do.
Did you ever go to summer camp as a kid? No. I was always a rather shy and hermit-ish child (and have remained so in adulthood). Summers found me on my aunt and uncle's farm, baling hay, feeding calves, really delighting in whatever farm chores I could help with or take on by myself. When we had down time, we played in the nearby woods and spring fed ponds. We captured frogs and devised grand frog races, climbed trees, used old hay elevators as teeter-totters (you should probably not try this, I'm shocked no one broke their bodies) and rode our imaginary horses through the woods (imagine Monty Python's Holy Grail...) We lived near a river that would get shallow in the summer months, and we would put on grub clothes and walk up river, through the river, as far as we could, climbing the rocky, now-trickling, waterfalls on our way. Our play was bound only by the limits of our imaginations. I think it was a rather grand way to grow up, I have a hard time imagining what more structured play would have been like.
What is your biggest accomplishment in life so far? Perhaps, finally, at the tender young age of 36, figuring out what I want to do for a living, and really making strides to make that happen. We've moved forward with purchasing a small farm, and I'm working at growing it into a business: pastured poultry and eggs, grass-fed meat goats, and I'm planning a large garden for possible vegetable sales as well. Sometimes it goes a lot slower than I would like, or than I had hoped for, but I'm largely self taught and want to do this the smart and sustainable way. We are doing this entirely on our own, no outside money or help, and I'm still working full time, so while slower, it's also all mine; the animals, the marketing plan, the travel and distribution, all of it. I'm proud of that. I'm proud to raise happy, healthy animals in a caring, natural, sustainable environment that honors both animal and earth, and I'm really happy that customers, present and future, are seeing value in that, too.
Have you ever danced in the rain? Often, which gives me another reason I'm glad I don't have any close neighbors. I'm quite effected by big changes in weather, bodily and emotionally, and I love to see and feel a good storm coming. When it finally breaks, I can't help but go out and celebrate it.
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