We have so many ideas and dreams for this land. Liz and I have been taking advantage of the cold weather that has been pushing us inside recently. We have been using this time to brainstorm ideas and to figure out which projects we want to start with. When the weather is nice, we have been enjoying walks around the property, dreaming of future possibilities.
We feel that this land was given to us so that we can make a place of gathering for the surrounding community. In addition, it gives Liz and I a platform to share our passions for whole food and holistic health. Between Liz’s training as a Holistic Nutritionist and my background as a Family Nurse Practitioner, this is something that we are passionate about.
In the next couple posts, I want to outline some specific projects that we have on our list for the farm. Since the heart and soul of this farm is community and gathering, Liz and I are always open to suggestions from others when thinking of ways to make this farm a place for community, good food and health promotion.
So we officially moved to the farm 2 weeks ago today! We are still unpacking boxes. I’m amazed, and a little embarrassed, at how much stuff we have. Moving to a smaller house has been an adjustment for sure, especially with all three kids in the same room. Liz and I are loving the process of thinning out our things, and figuring out how we will adjust to a smaller home. We have found that being in a smaller home (without a TV) has brought our family of 5 even closer together.
And did I mention we got goats?! I laugh as I write this, because these goats have been in the works since we found out we were getting Wozani Farm. I joked with Liz that we needed to move in first–before the goats. We did manage to move in first, with the goats close behind. We got two mother goats with there 4 kids and they have settled in nicely with their own right next to the chickens. The big mamma is a Lamancha, and the white one is Angora. We will continue to keep you updated as we learn all the ins and outs of goat keeping.
So…we bought a farm. This is something that Liz and I have dreamed of for years, and it almost stayed just that–a dream. Though the process of buying this farm, there were several barriers that we thought would prevent this dream from happening. But God opened many doors unexpectedly, and now we are packing up the house we have called home for the last 3 1/2 years.
Liz and I have always dreamed of owning land. Land where we could grow our food and teach our kids one of the most fundamental lessons–where their food comes from. Land where Liz could grow her flowers and tinker. Land where we could welcome others to join and live in community. We have always felt called by God to open our home and lives to anyone who needs it, be that a bed to sleep in or a table to eat at, and feel even stronger that God provided us with this farm to continue doing just that. Which leads to how we named our farm.
In case you didn’t know, my wife Liz is South African born and raised. When naming our farm, she really wanted to incorporate her heritage into the essence of the farm. When I have visited South Africa in the past, everyone is so welcoming and I understand Liz’s desire to incorporate that into our farm. Which is how we finally decided on the name Wozani Farm. Wozani is Zulu meaning “come” or “to come,” which is the essence of what we want our farm to be–a gathering place.
We started this blog for many reasons. To share our story, to open our farm, and to share what we learn as we dive into our next adventure.