The last week or so has been very interesting for The Lamm Farm. Our Bees arrived and were successfully installed; we joined The Sacramento Bee’s online presence Sacramento Connect as a contributing Partner; our Lamm Farm Facebook page was activated and received well by our friends, and of course we had more work preparing for the delivery and planting of Lavender. Currently the planting is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend. We are inviting Family and Friends to help, which is consistent with our “Family Affair” theme. There will be more on this in future posts.
With the new readership we are expecting from the added exposure it seems appropriate to revisit our philosophy and some of our business plan. We see a farm as an agricultural enterprise composed of a multitude of products, interests and activities. While that variety of components combine to form “the farm”, individually they may have little to do with one another. The Lavender and the Bees should each be able to stand on their own, but we hope to market honey infused with lavender. When we introduce chickens we expect to produce eggs, but they will not likely have anything to do with either the lavender or the bees, except maybe eating bugs.
We are looking at incorporating photography into the farm’s product lineup. In such event all aspects of the farm can expect to be targeted subjects, but subjects will come from off farm as well. Special “on-farm” events; Farm Tours; raising worms; all such things are open for exploration. This is the type of variety of activities and interests we are combining to build “the farm”.
Important to our plan and structure is family. The farm provides a focal point for family members, both physically on and off of the farm. It is a place to gather; a place to share projects; a place to share resources in the building of an enterprise. While we have identified the core unit as three generations of immediate family, we recognize the contribution of previous generations who have helped to make us what we are today; and we hope to pass the earlier lessons and history on to the next generation.
They will be leaning about hard work through chores; responsibilities through their own projects; and life through the raising of plants and animals. Our hope is that the farm will provide the growing generation with an abundance of memories, life skills and stories that they will carry with them. Whether they choose to carry on with the farm in their adulthood or not, the experiences will provide a valuable foundation upon which to build their own lives.