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An update from the farm

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By Virgil - Posted on 29 September 2010

It has been a very long time since I have posted anything here. That is both good and bad, but it is about time I post a quick update about what we have been up to and why things have been so quiet around here. The Vaduva family has been busy at work, moving away from a city and urban style of living to a much simpler way of life on a small farm here in Ohio.

About a year and a half ago we sold our big house, I sold my expensive car, and gave most of our posessions away to people who were in need or wanted to have our stuff. We kept our beds, clothes, couches and cooking utensils. The experience put us on a path to pursue simplicity, debt free and build a new house with cash. The journey has been anything but easy; it will be well worth the effort though.

Several months ago we however got diverted from these original goals when we discovered a small farm for sale by a bank; the price was nearly half of the previous selling price. Yes, the property required a good amount of work, but it became apparent to our family that the urgency of self sufficiency is pushing us to make decisions that we previously did not consider. So we purchased this farm at the beginning of September and have been working ever since on remodeling, repairs and moving. It's been very tough on our bodies and spirits...our finances too. But we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.

We just spent the second night at the farm. The house is old and drafty, but it's our house and we are hoping it will bring our family closer together and shape our kids into freedom-loving, self-reliant people who understand that family and community are not synonimous with State and Government.

One thing that prompted me to pursue this path for our family was my own, firsthand experience with hyperinflation in Romania. A few months after the fall of Communism in Romania, inflation became rampant, leading to hyperinflation. A loaf of bread that was $1 yesterday, became $20 or $50 within the span of several weeks. Romania experienced complete and total economic collapse and even now, 20 years later, is still recovering from it.

I have been attempting to warn my American friends about something similar taking place here in the U.S. as well. We are now seeing the symptomatic beginning of just such a collapse as the dollar is losing value due to the Federal Reserve inflating it to cover the unreal level of government expenditure. The complete lack of responsibility on the part of the Government is outright criminal. The word is that the actual U.S. debt could be as high as $200 trillion! The evidence is that the criminals running this country have no intention to pay back this debt...in fact, it is impossible to do so.

The move to a farm is giving us the peace of mind we need as a family, should things go south economically. Our 35 chickens are arriving next week, and in the spring we are ready to get a few goats for milk and cheese. The plan is to also get 4 bee hives. Our kids will be involved in this heavily, so the process is exciting on many levels. Not only that, but the farm is only a couple of miles away from our other 5 acre property which is covered in woods, a great source of free firewood. We will be able to work on the new house when needed, being not far from us.

These are some of the reasons for the lack of activity here; I am hoping that all of you are doing well. As the winter will progress I will attempt to write a bit more and get back in touch with people. God bless all of you and your families.

- Virgil

Here are some pictures taken throughout the last month, in chronological order:

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Congrats Virgil! You ain't missing much online anyhow; you've chosen the better path. I was actually due to run through Xenia last week, but i had to swap loads half-way to help another driver out. That lead me up further north, near Toledo. I'll keep trying to hook up with you guys. May the Sovereign Lord richly bless your family and your work. I'm excited for you!

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Thanks Jason, I hope everything is well with you brother! Enjoy life in the Kingdom!

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Yes, we are doing a bit better for now but the fertiliser is already engaging the ventilator. Property values are starting to slip and the Australian Dollar is nearly at parity with the USD - a big fall is due soon.

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Hey you beat me to it pal! Glad for you on the farm.

Just to support you economic statements:

Bill Simon, CEO of Wal-Mart’s U.S. business, at a recent Goldman Sachs conferance made the following comments regarding customer behavior:

“I don’t need to tell you that our customer remains challenged…You need not go farther than one of our stores on midnight at the end of the month. And it’s real interesting to watch, about 11 p.m. customers start to come in and shop, fill their grocery basket with basic items – baby formula, milk, bread, eggs – and continue to shop and mill about the store until midnight when government electronic benefits cards get activated, and then the checkout starts and occurs. And our sales for those first few hours on the first of the month are substantially and significantly higher.”

And if you really think about it, the only reason somebody gets out in the middle of the night and buys baby formula is that they need it, and they’ve been waiting for it. Otherwise, we are open 24 hours — come at 5 a.m., come at 7 a.m., come at 10 a.m. But if you are there at midnight, you are there for a reason.”

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Australia actually comes ahead in the Heritage Foundation Index ranking, so you guys are probably doing a bit better down there, but I am not sure how strong the currency is though: http://www.heritage.org/index/Ranking.aspx

We are just trying to make sound choices and work hard on living free...to quote a friend, "living in freedom is a really hard thing to do."

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...Yes it is...

I guess I should share an update for you, too. As a bit of encouragement. What you are doing right now is the hardest part of the whole thing. It seems like the second year is a lot easier. Things are getting less overwhelming. So here is my status report.

As you know, we purchased our Amish place last July. That means we are enjoying the first year's harvest.

Amy has been a regular at our local farmer's market. She didn't miss a Saturday all summer. She started early, actually, and was able to sell most of our 2000 tomato and pepper plants (the rest went into the garden). The market is technically over, but Amy and Joelle still show up in town with the late-summer goodies.

Tomorrow we are having a number of local families (hopefully 10-12) and friends over for a harvest party. The main chore on tap is digging all of the potatoes. (The beer is not on tap, but will be available, if you get my drift - temps will be around 80 degrees!) We are expecting about 2-3 thousand pounds of potatoes which can be taken by any of the families who come participate for winter food storage. We'll also store the remaining 100# bags in an available cellar for the families in the church to use over the winter.

Along with the potato dig, there will be pumpkins and tomatoes available to pick and haul home. The onions have been cured, so they are ready to go home in braided strands for the families, too. Sweet corn didn't last this long. Too yummy!

Should be a great party tomorrow. We're going to bake some big ones and serve with chili and the fixin's. The pork sausage in the chili comes from our first attempt at raising pigs this year. We've tested the pork already. Smashing success! At this rate we might have to get a sow to produce our own feeder pigs. Holy cow, pigs eat anything. I never have to worry about what to do with excess produce from the garden. And all that green stuff going into the pig makes the highest quality meat.

Later in the day tomorrow, we'll start a campfire to roast marshmallows and make s'mores. The kids are going to have a ball.

On tap for next year: 1) first harvest of the asparagus plants (2000) planted and established this year, 2) first harvest of the strawberry plants (4000) planted and established this year, 3) bees.

Should be fun. The kids really enjoy the wide-open space.

You guys are going to have so much fun. Just keep plugging to get through the initial work. It is very difficult, initially. Things get better.

Tomorrow I will tell my friends about the Virgil Vaduva family in Ohio and offer up a toast to your future!

Blessings,

Tim Martin

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