When my retirement was in sight several years ago I started thinking, what I was going to do with myself. I had spent forty years in the Military medical field, ending up as a physician assistant, but also have so many other interests. Two of these had been agriculture and woodworking.
I could do a three page biography talking about my love of critters and wood, but instead I'll just say, I've loved critters since I was a kid and had a wood shop of some sort for several decades. Before that, I would spend a lot of my time in recreation wood shops at various Army posts around the world.
So in 2009 I spent my spare time getting a garden in before I retired, looked around our little place here in Frederickson, Washington and decided to turn it into a hobby farm.....
Hobby farms are a varied and interesting concept. They are incredibly diverse.....and on the rise! These little enterprises do things such as providing specialty items to restaurants, produce goods for farmers' markets, offer niche products or even operate as cooperative producers for Community Service Agriculture (CSA). The purpose for Grandpa's Little Farm? Initially it was to offer produce to local family and friends.....but that goal has already begun to change. We now are finding we have items that the public might be interested in.
A primary product, as time goes on, will be goat kids. Does need to be bred in order to milk. We purchased a grade Nubian doe early on, but have already obtained a registered buck and have already made deposits for our first registered doe. Our goal is to offer the best kids we can possibly produce.
I'll also be offering a line of restored and hand made woodworking tools. The idea here is not to offer high dollar collectibles, but to restore good tools and offer them at reasonable prices. It is generally accepted that craftsmanship of these old gems is hard to beat. They can still be found and sadly good tools are often culled out because they do not appeal to collectors. These tools still have life in them. There also has been a surge of people over the last several decades who have wanted to switch off their power tools once in awhile and go back to the basics....Hopefully I can offer those of you in this category a service.
A final note on the name, Grandpa's Little Farm....Grandma, who's parents came from Austria, wanted to give it a German name, loosely translated as "Dream Come True". I wanted to call it "Gnome Garden". It seemed appropriate as we have told our grand kids gnomes rented our well house and I would give them chocolate coins, claiming it was "gnome rent". Our grand daughter overheard the naming debate one day and piped up, "Its Grandpa's little farm. Why not just call it that?" From the mouths of babes...The name stuck!
So welcome to Grandpa's Little Farm. If your grandpa does not have a farm, please come and spend some time here. Family is important, and you are welcome to be part of ours!