Mefford Endeavors is a Small farm in Morris, Ct that has big aspirations!
That is us! The lady with the dark glasses is "Mema" a retired Grandmother with 13 grandkids! She is also my mother. She keeps us all where we need to be and reminds us of the stuff we have forgotten to get done! She inherited the piece of land that we are standing on from her father. This piece of land has been in my family for generations before all of us. The girl on the front wheel of the tractor is Camilla, She is 8 in this picture. She is a great helper in all things especially if it involves talking! The young lady in front of the tractor is Elizabeth, who takes care of all the quadrupeds on the farm. Elizabeth is in charge of the dairy cows, the beef cow and the goats. She does the milking, makes butter and cheese. She is also my right hand in the wood shop. I am teaching Elizabeth to use the bigger machinery like our sickle bar mower. The young man on the far side of the tractor is Tommy...Although he currently prefers to be called "Tom" he will always be Tommy to me. Tommy is the keeper of all the Bipeds that are raised on the farm. He is our chicken, duck, goose and turkey keeper. He also is my physical strength when I need it. He operates the sawmill, and is very proficient with the Chainsaw and the wood splitter. Tommy is also a fine mechanic. He currently does all the upkeep on all our vehicles on the farm. All three of these children are very capable at all things farmers do! They can build, roof, shingle, pour concrete, shovel poop, paint, hunt, slaughter, process, operate equipment and in general do most everything that is needed done around here! I am very proud of them, as they work harder than a lot of adults that I know. They are all well mannered and smart! Now lets move on to the lady in the Denim jumper, That is Mrs. Mefford, She is the keeper of the garden. She tells the rest of us what needs done and we do it! She is a certified square foot garden instructor and our resident plant person. without her our weeds would grow well! She is also the "breadwinner" around here working a 9-5 job in an accounting office which she really enjoys...but it takes her away from us a lot. Me, I am the oaf on the tractor. I am wearing a "harf" that is a hat combined with a scarf...my own invention. I even made it myself! I am The "stay at home Dad/Farm Manager/Disabled person" in the group. I am fighting Chronic Lyme Disease. I do what I can to keep things moving around here, Some days I get some stuff done, other days I sit and stare at the walls. The Lyme is a very painful thing. I always keep a journal with me so if I get a great idea I can capture it before it flutters away. I am most at home in the wood shop that my father built where the old goat pen was in the barn. I have places to sit down and rest or even work sitting. I Putter along. The clothespins we make are a big deal for me. We figured out how to make it so I can sit and work at the machines. I do not get out there every day but as often as I am able. I have a golf cart to get around the farm on. I drive it from the house to the barn and the garden and the field and pretty much anywhere I need to go. We put agriculture tread tires on it so I don't get stuck!
We like to see things thru from start to finish. The wood for the clothespins is sawn on our sawmill, the sawdust from making the clothespins is used for animal bedding and is then put on the garden. From start to finish. I hope you have enjoyed reading about us, Please leave a comment and stop by our blog at www.meffordendeavors.blogspot.com Thanks for your time and May God bless you!