Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Something To Think About
We spent yesterday visiting Alex's parents on their homestead (circa 1861) in Palermo. They have something more than a hundred acres, it's rural, there's land on a large pond (we call it The Point) and it's always been farmed in one way or another. It's a two hour drive to see them. At many times since Alex and I have been together, we've entertained the possibility of having some of the land and living there. It's not the easiest place to make a living and it can be isolating in rural Maine, but it's land. Family land. Land--which is becoming increasingly difficult to come by in Maine for any reasonable sum of money. So when my mother-in-law says we could basically have some of the bounty of her harvest if we helped her farm it, it got our wheels spinning--again.
We sat late into the evening discussing what vegetables to grow, what land could be cleared and when to start on this new endeavor. Alex and I tossed around lots of ideas on the long ride home, too. Do we just try to make a life there? Hmm. Isolation, income...all issues that are daunting. But could we farm a bit of it, help with our parents' chores on the homestead, maybe start to build something even? Maybe, maybe, maybe. What seems to make the most sense right now is to do the latter, help with farming, maybe add to it, maybe carve out a space of our own, and maintain it a couple of times a month, probably more when summer was in full-swing. We'd all reap a harvest, we'd make an investment in our future and our children's future, we'd gain some land and food security, we'd strengthen ties to family history, and all while we'd be assisting our parents. It might work. It'd be work. Something tells me it would be worth it.