Kim McDougall

The New Biggest Little Farm

We have settled on a name for our new farm…drum roll, please…Dragon Run Farm. Thank you to everyone who offered suggestions. The final name actually came from a mish-mash of suggestions. 



No, that’s not a picture of me. But I hope to find a dragon tree. 🐉 


We will be visiting the farm for the first time in two weeks as owners. There is so much work to do. Our first line of attack will be to dig a new well (the existing well won’t be sufficient to support a family and a farm). We are also setting up some emergency heating/electrical needs. Winters in Quebec can be harsh and going without heat for even a few days is not a good idea. Long term plans include an extension to the house (which is really tiny) and, of course a barn. I’m probably more excited about building a barn than the house extension (did I mention our beautiful chicken coop?). When the time comes, I want to have a big old fashioned barn raising party. Invite all the cousins, brothers, sisters, and kids. It will be a “bring your own hammer” event. Hammering first. Beer later. 


imageMy husband and I have been studying permaculture, hoping to make our farm self-sustaining in the long run. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of permaculture and would like to know more, there is a great documentary on Netflix called The Biggest Little Farm. It’s a wonderful story. I would love to build this kind of haven, and then go rescue some critters, just like Kyra!


As I mentioned before, I plan to document our landing at Dragon Run and the early years of development. It will be an experience for sure. I expect hilarity, trials and even disasters. Especially disasters. 


I’m not sure about the best way to record events though. What are your thoughts? Would you read a blog about someone’s exciting-exhausting-disasterous attempts to establish a farm? Would it be better as a memoir-style book? Or maybe I should just keep a journal for myself? You can replying the comments below with your thoughts. I appreciate all the encouragement I get from this squad!


Since I’ll be busy for the next few weeks, I won’t be sending another newsletter until after Christmas. Hopefully, I’ll have some pictures of Dragon Run by then. So, please have a wonderful holiday season. I hope you get to spend time with family and friends this year.

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