Pinwheel’s farming year starts with the Kaw Valley Seed Fair in mid-February…then lambing…then Sheep Shearing Open Farm Day mid-March…Farmer’s Market opens 2nd Saturday in April…then suddenly it’s Christmas again!
In addition to the time between mid-December and mid-February, there is some “slack time” in July and August. Other farms likely have similar calendars. The proposal/transition process will have to work around the realities of farming, as well as my off-farm job.
The overall synopsis/proposal evaluation, refinement, agreement, and implementation processes must move at their own natural paces, relative to weather, farm needs, and off-farm responsibilities. If there is a real reason for a quick process, it should be made clear at the earliest possible opportunity, and the person proposing it should be willing and able to make significant concessions in order to make such haste possible. This could be in-kind (moving help, storage location, etc.) or a compensatory monetary premium.
Moving a livestock breeding operation is a formidable task, especially for one person with other commitments. If the sheep or chickens are not to be kept at the farm as part of the new vision, then ample time must be allowed for a transition.
A new place will need to be found and prepared (fencing, water, electricity, housing, hay source, etc.) before sheep can be moved, if they are not part of your proposal. Moving is not reasonable during lambing, dairying, or breeding, nor during weather extremes. Please allow up to a year for a complete transition of the sheep to a new location. On the other hand, they would not necessarily require use of all existing sheep facilities during the transition.
Chickens will not be as difficult to relocate, but will still take significant time and resources to set up new facilities. I’ll do my best to help brainstorm reasonable solutions to allow a new vision to begin unfolding while the sheep, etc., are still in transition.