The past month was pretty hectic, as any big move tends to be. Oh wait, actually, it wasn’t! We expected the move to be stressful, and we prepared ourselves by stressing about it before we even started. All in all, though, this was the smoothest move I think either of us has ever had. We were packed up and ready to go on time, the drive from the Detroit area to Chatham was uneventful, and when we got here five other people materialized to help us unload. Loading up took us a few hours, unloading took about twenty minutes.
This is the first time I’ve been to the UP, and it’s beautiful. It reminds me a lot of where I grew up in New York, north of the Adirondacks, so I’m quickly settling in and feeling right at home. We’ve tried to get out every day to explore. We’ve been snowshoeing around the MSU property, as well as walking around the Pictured Rocks area in Munising and trying to get to know our way around Marquette. While we were driving just outside of Munising a bald eagle flew overhead, the first one either of us has ever seen.
So we’re settling in and enjoying ourselves. We’ve also been hard at work getting through the tasks we left until we moved. Things like legally establishing our business, getting a bank account, and ordering supplies. Most exciting, though, was starting our first seeds. All of the other stuff we’ve done - the planning, setting up the website, even legally registering our business - though exciting, was all preamble, whereas actually putting the first seeds into soil felt like the true beginning.
We’ve started scallions and onions so far, and this coming week we have a few more things. We’ll have a slow start to real farm work over the next month or so, but soon enough we’ll easily fill our days with the work we’re most excited for. In the meantime, the lovely people who run the MSU North Farm put the plastic on our tunnel, and by the time the snow inside melts and the ground thaws and dries up a bit we'll be ready to prep our first beds!
Until then we have house projects to work on, more farm planning and supply ordering to do, and a little bit of calm to enjoy before the season gets underway in earnest.