A couple weeks ago I wrote a post called “The Case for the Imperfect Homestead” in which I talked about how it is to look through the photos of certain books, or magazines, or websites and not feel inadequate as a farmer––to feel like your farm is hideous by comparison. Well, as one of our astute readers pointed out in the comments of that post: these farms I label as perfect are themselves imperfect––they, like us, just do not share the photos proving it. Touché––it’s not like we share the mess either, the dirt, the unfinished projects, or the five-gallon buckets that pepper our yard like lawn ornaments. To know our farm through our blog, is to see a very curated version of our lives. In turn, we may create the same feeling of inadequacy in our readers that those other farms do in us. Which is the opposite of our goals with this blog.
So with respect to that, we’ve decided to occasionally start sharing photos we wouldn’t normally share––photos that will show the world we are perfectly human––photos “without makeup” so to speak. We want people to come here and be inspired. And if nothing else, we want people to come here and see that sometimes it’s okay to be an utterly mediocre homesteader. So here’s to Messy Mondays, where we’ll give you the picture we would normally show, and then the unedited version.
So here’s a picture of the cabin: