Monday, March 28, 2011
Oddly, the main challenge for me in biking isn't from winter, it's from spring gardening. I just can't effectively carry some of the more serious loads of compost, soil, or long poles/trellises with my bike.
I'm also looking at a farm business training class that starts next fall, up in Lowell. The good news is that I can get there by commuter rail, and I can ride my bike to the train station, and bring my bike on the train, so I can get to my destination at the end. But the trip is still going to eat up a lot more time (probably) than it would if I had a car. Luckily, it's not that long of a class, about six weeks, so I can swing it.
If, however, in the following year, I wanted to rent one of their incubator fields, to set up a mini-farm, I'm not sure if I could manage it. It might be possible to do it without a car, but it'll take some serious planning.
I've got to see if I can find any blogs about farmers who aren't Amish and who manage to do without a car, if that's even possible. I think the guy who writes the Tiny Farm blog didn't have a car for a while (but he has a tractor, or borrows one). Or I just need to find ways to keep farming close to home (like I have been, but land in Boston is very hard to scrounge).