I've now completed my first full work week here on the Tennessee goat farm. This post will consist of a high-level rundown of some of the duties & tasks I've carried out, most of which I had assistance with as I'm still learning. There will also be a bonus baby chick shot. :D
Yes, what you're seeing is an actual shot from the farm I'm at. Pollyanna at its finest...
I'm super at peace here, I must say. There's a little adjustment taking place for me getting to know and live with a married couple in their 70s whom I've never met before this past Sunday. That said, it is going well.
So, what have I been up to? Let me tell you a bit about it.
I'm not sure what the technical term is even. I guess gardening. In any case, this week I've done a bunch of work in the greenhouse including planting carrots, lettuce and avocado. I transplanted about 10 tomato sproutlings (not a real term apparently) today. I also got a tray of broccoli seeds started.They didn't pop up yet.
Today was a boot camp on goat doctoring. I got experience actually wrangling goats, giving them dewormer and something called TDNT which is a shot. Don't ask me what it stands for. I actually even got to do one of the shots. Of course, right before I was given the chance, the lady teaching me said if I hit a vein, I'll kill it instantly. Thank God I didn't hit one. She told me where to do it right. That's about it on goat care.
Goats on a brush pile
Anyone who's ever raised chickens can tell you there's not a lot to it. You feed 'em. You clean out their coop. You make weird noises at them, talk to them, and maybe chase them a bit if you're in the mood. I'm nice to these birds because I want them to start trusting me. I cleaned out the coop one day, I feed 'em, I lock them in the coop most nights and I let them out most mornings. Oh, and I run around looking for their eggs every day, multiple times a day.
This is the bulk of what it has been all week. I'll keep it brief so as to not lose people. Depending on time and motivation, I'll deep dive some various topics. I could even get meta on some topics as well. I'm really hoping I start getting more traction doing this.
PS : I'm trying to not sound bitter, but here goes... I kinda wish I was getting more traction on my posts here. I used to have a decent little following but my having taken a few month hiatus from posting has really seemed to take its toll on the rewards that I'm receiving. Whether I make two cents or two dollars on a post, I'm not getting rich on this any time soon anyway. I wish it was doing better just so I'd be more inspired to post. Anyway, end gripe
Oh, yeah, I promised you a chick shot...
This one didn't have her eyes open right away the first day
Thanks for sharing my experience with me -- All those who've read and those who comment.
Have you ever lived on a farm? Have you ever wanted to? Would you spend a month or more of your life working for room & board only, seeing what a farmer's life is like? Let me know!