What a Ride

As crazy and as busy as 2016 was, 2017 will be even more.  This year will be a year of change for us and it is a change that I am very happy about.   I just can´t tell you guys about everything all at once.  Let me tell you about what has been happening the beginning of this year, on Circle C Farms.  Cooper has been playing basketball and is loving every minute of it.  The other two boys wish that they were doing basketball.  I have been working non stop and working on organizing paper work.  There has also been a lot of spraying going on.  We have to get put out herbicide and fertilizer on all our spring crops. Probably the biggest thing was that, Jody went to the Sweet Potato conference and met the governor, Roy Cooper.  I find it really awesome that Roy Cooper came out to the national sweet potato conference to talk with NC farmers.  Even better that my husband bumped in to him and shook his hand.  They even got to talk for a few minutes.  But that isn’t even the biggest news that we have for the month.  Our big news is……. Jody went back to full time work.  Yeah it isn’t very exciting, but for us this is a huge deal.  It just felt like this was the right time to make some transitions.  We just both felt like God was opening this door up for us for a reason.  When Jody originally quit full time work, we needed someone to watch our kids.  We had three little ones at home and we couldn’t afford day care.  It just fit.  We couldn’t live on his salary alone, but we could live on mine with some farm income.  So it has worked and it has worked well.  Jody has been able to watch our boys, take them to doctor visits, ride them on tractors, and be at the school any time they needed him.  Only now with two of them in school, he has been freed up some to be able to go back to work.  If all things work out our youngest will be in school this fall and there won’t be any little ones at home anymore.  This just opens up a lot of possibilities.  Now for the future of Circle C Farms, well it is definitely going to go on.  Honestly I don´t think much is going to change with our farm.  We have decided to only grow 5 acres of sweet potatoes.  We know that we can plant 5 acres in 2 days and hopefully will be able to harvest in just a few days.  We plan on row cropping about the same amount as last year.  So really the biggest difference is now my husband gets an earlier start every day and is starting to get in the bed earlier.  I am already looking ahead to March and how busy it will be.  It still amazes me that some people think farmers can take time off.  Somehow we stay incredibly busy no matter what time of the year it is.