Patience in Permaculture
Here are a series of questions I ask myself on a daily basis. What should we do with our farm? How can I make our farm profitable while keeping in line with fundamental ideas such as sustainability? How do I maintain a balance between, being a wife, a mother, a project manager and a farmer?
Well, to be quite honest I’m not doing so great. My kids are well taken care of and that is of great importance. It also helps that they have a very attentive father. Beau and I are slowly getting more time together now that we have our house finished, although the projects around here are plenty. We are trying to make great efforts in getting much needed quality time together and have planned an extended weekend in Seattle this fall. One of my other obligations is serving as a freelance project manager on a huge art project, Her Flag. That work is very important to me as well. The project is incredibly interesting, allows me to have work flexibility, while also bringing in some extra income for our family. I recently wrapped up a huge volunteer project with a garden group and I couldn’t be more pleased to have that chunk of my life back. So, in all of this I have yet to find time for the farm. Beau and I feel at peace some of the time and at other times incredibly overwhelmed by the projects that surround us.
In an effort to find balance I am creating a routine for my time and carefully scheduling my days. Two weeks ago I sat down with two dry erase boards and began plotting on one a weekly schedule that I am trying to adhere to and on the other is an ongoing To Do List. Essentially, I have mapped out goals for each day. I look at the board each morning to refresh my brain on what I need to accomplish in order to stay on track. Well….it is work. Here I am on Tuesday morning working on this blog with the 20 minutes of spare time I have before a meeting. Not to mention Mondays are supposed to be spent working on the blog. Oooops! I’m already slipping. Today is not supposed to be blog day, that was yesterday.
How do I get all of the things done that need to get done if I don’t have time? Having a 17 month really takes it’s tole on independence, but it doesn’t come without a great exchange of happiness and love, so for now I must be patient and enjoy. For starters…as I am writing this blog I stopped, walked over to the window and watched a monarch butterfly lay eggs on several of our antelope horn milkweed plants. I will definitely be spending a lot of time watching those babies grow! After all, observation of nature is a key component of the permaculture practice. Observing the contours of the land, the soil structure, the weather, the flora and fauna that reside here. Knowledge of these things will help our farm to thrive and get us closer to the end result. So for now I will do my best to keep all of my obligations in check while trying not to let the dream of the farm die. I will spend my time waiting in the carpool line thinking about which garlic variety I should plant or which broad fork I should buy and hopefully, with patience and time and of course a lot of hard work, I will one day look out the window surrounded by a permaculture food forest.