Horticulture

Walking around our new home, I noticed signs of plants trying to get my attention. I love to plant flowers in pots and have them outside during spring and summer.

Taking photos of each plant, I remembered our daughter had told me about an app you can have on your phone to help you identify them. I chose Plant Identification. Going through each plant and saving the results was fun, but I knew it would be nice to have help.

Tomorrow we will meet with our Horticulture Extension Agent. He is most excited to see the farm, discuss our plants, and Microgreen and Aquaponic plans for everything we want to grow and sell. Plans to talk to local Chefs, Restaurant Managers, Grocery Stores, People that have a daily life of smoothies, wraps, and salads. Promoting our New O’Hana Farm by bringing in samples of Sunflower, Arugula, Radish Sprouts, Pea Shoots…

I will have gardens that attract bees, butterflies, and wildlife. Herb and spices. Morning Glory. Clematis. Roses. Niche plants and fruits for our region that we will be excited to reveal.

Plus, our Charolais cows, goats, chickens, specialty ducks and peacocks. Our new English Bulldog, Daisy, and her sister, Blue Heeler, Oreo, our huge family and friends, we say thank you so much for praying for us and encouraging us to keep believing in our dreams :)Jen

Bring Your Camera

At our new farm, and since it has sat silent for a few years, animals other than livestock are in the barn, digging under the outbuildings, and camping out in our attic. The mice and rats come in for a visit and the ratsnake comes for supper.

So, let me share my weakness or weakness’s.

  • I am scared of snakes.
  • I can not be running away, screaming, to get a great pic of the snake for you. I truly apologize, because I know a large part of my family and you, would love to see them as we begin clearing and rejuvenating this farm.

That being shared, I have made a note to always bring my phone and our GoPro:Check us out at http://New O’Hana Farm Youtube to see our first 3 videos and subscribe. Thank you!

  • I could have taken pics and a video of the beautiful bright yellow and black spider that was as big as my palm.
  • The mud daubers coming out of the huge tree by our red barn.
  • The sun that was brilliant at 96+ degrees.
  • But, not the green and brown, (I guess it was a ratsnake) slithering out the other side of our barn.

I am a picture girl. I love to grab my phone and before I know it, I have several hundred pics. When you visit, bring your camera, too. May I do my best to take pics, videos for our youtube, and blog so all ya’ll can enjoy like you are right here with us! :)Jen

First Things First

Meet with our Extension Agent. Being hard workers, we were tempted to go out and start repairing the barn an all of our outbuildings. We realized pretty quick we needed a plan. A list of things to do first.

We began learning everything we could about being a Microgreen and Aquaponics Farmer. Books from our local library and Google gave helpful information, illustrations and definitions. Youtube videos from Curtis Stone and Justin Rhodes were very helpful.

We want to be able to explain to someone what our farm will produce, how, and when.

We put ourselves through a crash course on Financial Analysis:

  • Income and Operating Expenses
  • Future Growth
  • Current Finances
  • Forecast Future

Marketing Strategy and Plan:

  • Microgreen
  • Aquaponics
  • Livestock
  • Social Media, Farmers’ Markets, Fairs, Website, Churches, Girl & Boy Scouts, Non-Profit Organizations
  • Use Videos & Website to grow value and awareness

Management:

  • My husband & I

Farm Strategy:

  • Microgreens & Aquaponics-How far out can we serve?
  • Livestock to raise & sell
  • We are hard working
  • Persistent
  • Faith in the Lord
  • Not shy to ask for guidance
  • Large Family & Friends support
  • Taxes
  • License

Putting time in to doing our very best, we will succeed. This home and farm is a blessing from the Lord up above. We will forever remember the family photos that were left at the house of the couple who started this farm. But that is a story for another time to gratefully share. Perhaps they sent that rainbow down from heaven that we saw when we first looked at the farm with our realtor :)Jen

Our New Tennessee Farm

We recently bought a farm in Watertown, TN

What a huge dream come true and we thank the Lord daily. Picture us driving across our 11 acres and out the window is a rainbow! I said, “Look baby, a rainbow.” My husband then turned to our realtor and said, “We want to buy this farm!”

We have a lot of outside work to do. Repairing and painting our outbuildings. Building our Greenhouse for our Aquaponics, Hydroponics. Setting up our Microgreen building. Defining our offices in our Red Barn and house.

Right now we are listing our goals and defining our strategy for the year and long term. Reading stacks of books. Watching Justin Rhodes and Curtis Stone on Youtube. Presenting our farm on social media. Youtube. WordPress. Facebook. Instagram. Pinterest.

This is our beginning of preserving this farm. Passing our growth on to our next generations.