If you were with me on this blog from early on, you know that we have a big master plan for Bluestem Pond Farm. Last summer was the house, in the fall was landscaping, and in the spring was a chicken coop with a flock of hens. (Also, the surprise of the spring was the addition of a printing press.)
So, now my husband is getting itchy for the next new project and he has begun laying out the stakes for a vineyard. Not a huge one, but big enough that we’ll probably have to sell some of the grapes because we don’t want to have to put in huge wine-making equipment. This is Joe’s project, and he has been doing lots of research and visits. I went along to a boutique winery nearby this week to see what we were getting into and got to enjoy a tasting of the products of various grapes. Not that all you need is the right grape to make a great wine, mind you, but you need to grow the grape that can make the wine you know you like.
It seems like almost everything on the farm is a long term project that you have to get started years before you are able to fully enjoy it. We chose restoring the prairie and planting trees as the first investments. All 300 little spruce trees we planted ended up drying up and dying due to our inability to keep them watered, so that was one big failure. The pond needed a couple years to become self-sufficient, and designing the house that would fit our way of life well took over a year followed by nine months of construction.
I will confess, I am not the most patient person I know. This has been a good lesson for me, to wait for the things I really want. I still want orchard trees, berry bushes, and sheep. Most of this requires careful preparation, funding, and a good long wait until things begin to really produce. What I tell myself is that we’re in it for the long haul now, and we have to start somewhere. I do believe it all will be worth the wait.