Sorry that I have not been posting as much lately.
The big news is that my neighbor is coming back to the Big Island and I have been trying to mage it and my farm at the same time. Well, I negotiated a deal for him with his farm and it should help quite a bit. His farm is about 5 acres and has a lot of old coffee trees on it (old it good thing). Unlike corn or wheat, coffee is planted and if cared for, will last decades before the trees need to be replanted.
As we have gotten older, we find it is more difficult to do manual labor. Due to the lease we hold, we must farm on our land and coffee can be labor intensive.
So the deal I set up is that for the next 4 years, a guy and his team will weed whack, prune, spray, fertilize and pick all of the coffee on the neighbors farm, in trade for all the coffee. If he wants to sell his own coffee, he can buy it back and market price and would make a profit on that after the sale. However, what that means is that he has no out-of-pocket expenses for 4 years, his property will look great and he has no worries. All of the coffee cherry his farm produces will be listed as his (for the lessors documentation) even though he won’t keep it. So essentially, the team does all the work and he pays them with the coffee cherry.
The team may include woofers, which are people who work on organic farms in swap for a place to stay (http://wwoof.net/). He may host some of these workers on his farm or perhaps I will. The rest of the team are local workers.
Besides managing his farm, I have been working with another neighbor to replace his back door and check brakes and transmission on a truck.
I am still working a temporary I.T. position for a large farm and managing websites for about a dozen sites.
Lately, I am streaming some series I missed over the years like Andromeda, Episodes and a few others. Recent series and shows include Green Wing, The I.T. Crowd, The Good Doctor, Shameless, Beyond, Heartland, Workaholics and The Ranch.
The dogs want out so I have another task at the moment.