Aside from sheep, just procuring organic grains is impossible, or it was last year. Here, people live in the dark ages, promote GMO's and Round up ready canola and put hormone implants in the beef and so on. They are exactly the opposite of me. I did not consider this before I moved, but in the next move, I will either rent a year before settling or ensure that where I am going is a place with like minded people. People who are educated, read, learn, are hungry for new information leading to better quality of lives for themselves and their animals and are stewards of the Earth, that is care about how they treat this world. Not here, they don't. There is no fine for littering and people toss garbage out their windows without a thought. Disgusting.
Yes, I am a little down. I just spent a day butchering my lambs with a local farmer, who although he is a very nice person, is exactly the opposite of me and is proud of it. One day in the company of a person so contrary to health and health of the world, was enough for me. I want to hibernate today and am, partly because it is 32 degrees outside and too hot to do much at this time of day, and partly because I need to recharge my energy. As an introvert the way I do that is withdraw into myself and become retrospective, to read, study , learn and previously to play music and sing, though I have not done much of that since coming here, not sure why exactly.
But, location matters. I cannot sell my farm produced organic meat, but even if I could, people here do not want it. They prefer grain fed fat meat to lean organic grass fed animals. Even the guy butchering said the animals were skinny, which they were not, but they were not fat, that is for sure. They had never seen grain and thrived on forage based feed only. They did not need to be wormed because they had a natural resistance to worms, unlike grain fed animals.
People here do not care about hand made soap, only what is highly scented and from a pyramid marketing scheme, cause that is what they know. They are ignorant, not wanting to learn and grow.
Now, since I am here for some time yet, I must make the best of my time and make it the best I can. So, I need to find ways to market my organic face and body creams and butters, essential oils and soaps and the things I wish to sell. The farm store has not brought many visitors yet, but maybe a grand opening sale day would help. I need to brainstorm for ideas to make life not only bearable, but wonderful for the next while, despite feeling the a matchstick in a toothpick box. So, it is time to meditate, think, create, dream and grow again. When plans change unexpectedly, then we must change also, without pain or aggrevation, but with joy and with a hope that life will be the best we can make it be.
So, I dream. Where I go next will be somewhere that like minded people dwell. Then reitrement will be fulfilled, joyous and pleasurable, all that it is meant to be. It should be thus for all of us. You?