We worked so hard to get to this moment. Many times, it felt like there was no way we could make the next step happen. Sometimes it felt like there was no way we are going to be able to pull together the resources we needed to make this dream a reality. If it was the bank’s agreement to financing the land, or the tools we needed to make the land ready for planting. Sometimes we felt that maybe we were biting more than we could chew.
But since the moment we stepped foot on those 20 acres of farm land, everything just happened as if it was directed from above. As if it was our fate, our destiny. This is why we named our farm Kismet Farm. And on Sunday, October 26th, with the help of our dear friends, we planted the first seeds at Kismet farm.
We were looking for land for two years. I became addicted to the real estate websites. I knew every parcel of land in a 30 mile radius of our home. Where was it, its price, how long it was for sale, when it was sold, how much it was sold for. I say 30 miles because we didn’t want my husband to have to drive more than that to get to our locksmith store in town, so when I saw this piece of land, I ignored it. It was 45 miles away. Simply too far.
But it stayed in my mind, and I wasn’t sure why I kept thinking about it from time to time. At fist, I thought that it will sell in a week since the price was low. I mean, three times lower per acre compared to another farmland in the area. It also had two creeks on it, and it was cleared. Some of it were in a production of soybeans in the past.
But it didn’t sell. It was sitting there looking back at me every time I went looking for land online. Seven months after I first found it, I asked my husband to go see the land. I told him it was too far anyway and I just needed to see it so I can put it aside and forget about it. He agreed, thinking it will be a nice Sunday drive in the country.
I don’t know how to explain what happened next… We parked, got out of the car and met an old redneck who spoke in a way we could not understand a word he said. There was no way to even walk the land since it was overgrown, so we kind of walked along one side of it. We saw nothing but brush, understood nothing, but knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that this was the land we wanted.
Now, both you and I know that what you want is not always what you can get.
You see… We had a major problem here, four months earlier we happen to come across a great commercial space for our business. The business paid the down payment and all the other expenses of the purchase, and the business is paying the mortgage, but because our business is young, the bank insisted that the space will be listed under our name rather than the business name. This simply means additional debt on our name.
We set in the car on our way home after seeing the land, and we both were thinking the same thing…. There was no way we can find a bank to finance this farm land because our debt to income ratio is just too high. Couple that with the fact that it is extremely hard to find someone to finance bare land far from the city those days, and our chances to get what we wanted were almost non-existent.
I was in deep though. You see, I had this farm planned in my head since the first grade, and now that we found it I wasn’t going to give up so easily.
So the next day, when the kids hit their beds for naptime I hit the phone. I called and got turned down. I called another bank and got turned down again. Then again, and again. They wouldn’t even take an application because there was nothing on the land.
I was about to give up when I found someone who would at least allow me fill the application. “I’ll see what I can do,” he said, and it did not sound promising at all. I filled my husband in when he came home, and we just figure we will have to wait until we save more money or consider selling our house.
What do you know… Two days later the guy from the bank called and said he got the loan approved. I was so shocked I couldn’t talk. How did that happen I had no idea, but I wasn’t going to ask him anything besides where he wanted me to sign.
A year and a couple of months later and here we are. This past year, we bought and fixed an
This past year, we bought and fixed an old RV so we have a place to stay when we go to work. We purchased a Suburban to tow a trailer to haul our new (to us) tractor with its gazillion attachments. We purchased a mower, a tiller, a seeder. We installed a driveway, we got a farm number, we got an address, and we were ready to start planting.
But since we have zero experience with farming it wasn’t that easy. We got to the farm a few times and instead of doing what we planned on doing we found ourselves messing with the tractor the whole day. We broke some bolts, couldn’t get the tiller to attach properly to the tractor, then we couldn’t get it off the tractor, then realized we can’t just use the tiller, we really needed a plow… and so on and so on.
Frustrating. We wished we had an old farmer friend that we could call and ask a question, but there is no such contact. So we came back home, researched, watched some You-Tube videos and went back to the land again. All this work was done on the weekends only, and it took forever.
But last Sunday, we finally put some seeds in the soil.
In a perfect world, you’ll have your soil tests done few month before you are going to plant so you can amend the soil properly. But our world is far from perfect so we added as much compost as we had and hopefully, it will be enough for the garlic and onions.
I don’t know if we will stay here forever. I don’t know if we will succeed in turning this land into a working farm. I don’t know if we will be able to build our home here, or if we will get to grow and hunt for our food here. What I do know, is that for now, this is where life is happening for us. And we wouldn’t have it any other way!
~All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.~ Walt Disney