We have made an offer on a house on 5 acres many weeks ago and are currently involved in the worlds slowest game of real estate agent telephone tag. It’s a bit of a long shot, but we’ve made an offer, they’ve countered and we’ve countered and we’re waiting. We are supposed to hear back from our real estate agent yesterday or the day before. That is just sort of how things are going.
Since it is taking so long, we just keep looking. We have recently found a property that was foreclosed on that is now going up for auction. It is on nearly 10 acres. There is just enough wrong with this 10 acre property that it might come down to our price range. It has a small house with several inches of water in the basement. It has HUGE greenhouses that collapsed in a snow storm a few years ago. It has blackberries encroaching from every side and debris and rubbish scattered everywhere. The beauty of the property is that there is enough wrong with it that it will hopefully scare away most investors or folks that want 10 acres to put a mcmansion on. Like the 5 acre property it is a long shot, but if you don’t show up at the auction to make a bid, you can be assured that you won’t win. But if you do show up, you at least have a chance… as long as there aren’t more than about 45 seconds worth of bidding.
To make a long story short, we’ve been dreaming about starting a farm. We’ve been dreaming of having our own land and doing stuff on it. Getting a business going and taking a big step forward toward our dreams. We have a basic idea of what we want to do and it will center around sustainable farming on a small plot of land. We want to produce most of what our family eats and produce enough to sell some. I would love to make ends meet on farm income, but I also intend to keep my day job.
First things first (the third of Mr. Covey’s seven habits), we need a name for our farm. You know, the one that we don’t have yet. The core values that we have established for our family and that we want to focus on in farming are: respect, integrity, peace and love. We believe these to be the fundamentals of raising upright children, interacting appropriately in the community and treating the land and environment the way it needs to be treated.
We have thought of naming the farm R.I.P.L. farms, an acronym for our core values. My wife fears that people won’t remember the acronym and thinks that we should name the farm, Ripple Farm because we also want to be the causative force for change that spreads around us, you know, like a ripple in water. We have also thought of a compromise, calling it RIPpLe Farm so it emphasizes the acronym of our core values, but it is still a word that people may remember.
I want to know your thoughts. Which would you be most likely to remember? and which do you like the best?
It could be said that we’re putting the cart in front of the horse, but I would argue that we have neither a horse nor a cart yet, so we are merely dreaming and we can do whatever we want.
Now I need to get back to work grading papers because that is going to provide the income to buy the land, the cart and the horse. Then we’d be able to start putting things in order.