As of today, the JAZ Farm “have to” projects have practically ended. There are some things yet to be done with the drip irrigation to get water to the greenhouse, but other than that we have a functioning homestead that we can now enjoy with all the infrastructure built to support our goals.
It has been practically 4 years since the start of this endeavor. Looking for the place, rebuilding the place, putting in the coops and pens and gardens and greenhouse and alternate power source, and all the other “pieces” of it all finally have come to an end. Should we want to add more pens or livestock or other “homestead things” we can do them at our leisure and want. The last bits have happened in the past week. We built a sub-divided chicken coop, added a pig loading corral, strung the drip mainlines to the greenhouse, moved plants out to the greenhouse, built the chicken tractor, and started the bed prepping for the root vegetable gardens.
I was about to the end of my physical capabilities and wouldn’t you know it, the world conspired to attack me mentally through work. The times they are a changing’ and I must change or retire (the jury is still out, I love my clients and I hate having to continually defend them against criminals). Every generation thinks they are changing things for the better, but my experience has taught me that it is simply one big circle. Everyone forgets history, repeats it, and then says “no one could have anticipated that….”. What nonsense. Sorry, I digress, but in our efforts to be prepared, the one variable I didn’t anticipate was “real” work. Now that the farm is done, I guess I can focus my attention on whatever the Department of Labor thinks we need to change at work. They are attacking the wrong people. Why aren’t the banksters in jail? Why haven’t hedge fund managers and those responsible for the worst heist in the history of the world been summarily jailed or executed for crimes against humanity? Instead, lets target those who already work in the best interest of their clients. Let the criminals go free. Such are the ways of things.
So I am thrilled about the fact that the JAZ Farm is as self-sustainable as it can be at this time. That in itself is a sense of security. The rest of the world? What a joke. We are just big apes with big malfunctioning brains thinking we are the superior species on earth. Arrogance and sociopathy rule. I long for the gentle and the kind. My motto, probably for the rest of my life is: Live Like A Hobbit.