Still living the Dream

EB294D4A-35FE-41F6-864D-0BCBE1A38246Hi everyone, we are all well and we are still living the dream here in south central Iowa on our 40 acre farm. Sorry  it has been a long time since I have posted, it seems Like once you start living the dream and not just dreaming about it you don’t feel like writing about it as much. I hope to do a better job this winter.

What we have been up to

We have been keeping busy by still making improvements to the farm. We have now added chickens and built a chicken coop and gathering eggs everyday. We have added many more heirloom apple trees to our orchard and we have now been grafting apple trees to help save some of Iowa’s oldest trees.
img_0517We have built a leanto on to our barn for more storage and put in sidewalk from the house to the barn. We have insulated the barn and we have added a 1000 gallon rain water tank to help keep the garden, orchard, and chickens watered during times of drought.

I am also restoring an 1976 Chevy pickup and many more things I can’t think of as I am writing this, so you can see we have been busy. We hope to add sheep someday and a cow or two and believe it or not still have some things to finish on the house. It will be 4 years this coming February when I retired and moved to Iowa to start building our farm from bare land. Time has flew bye and I am scared it is going so fast it will be all over before I am ready. I am so happy to be living this dream and want it to last many more years. I hope all is just as well with you. I hope to share more soon.



About Gordon Milligan

I am a retired conductor for a commuter railroad in Chicago IL, I now live in and have bought a 40 acre farm in South Central Iowa that I have built from the ground up. My wife and I are trying to raise and grow most of my own food using sustainible and organic methods. I have a blog that journals my journey to becoming a farmer.
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22 Responses to Still living the Dream

  1. Steve says:

    Hello Gordon, I’ve followed your post since your last days on the rails. Glad to hear things are going well. Your place is beautiful. I love it when a plan comes together. I retired from in 2016 and when people ask me how retirement is going, my reply is “If it were any better, it would be a lie or illegal.” Good luck to you and yours on all of your future endeavors. Steve

  2. Rick Umphryes says:

    Dear Steve,
    I am enjoying my retirement here is the ozarks near Salem Mo. I put an above ground pool in and retaining wall, french drain on one side of the building and gutters. Bought a camper in March and camped in it at Montauk State park which is 13 miles away. I can keep it in my garage to protect it from the elements. Nice to hear things are going good for you. How is your hunting going? I lost a small buck with my cross bow last month. Haven’t got another yet. Later. Rick.

  3. Sounds great Rick, retirement is good, we all deserve it after many years of hard work. My hunting has gone well this year. I have gotten 2 does for the freezer and I missed the biggest buck of my life just 2 weeks ago with my bow. Hope to see him next year.

  4. Congratulations on all you have achieved…. an of course, Happy Christmas!

  5. grasspunk says:

    Wow it is looking good. I am particularly impressed by the apple tree work.

    • Thanks grasspunk, I see you guys over there in France have expanded some. You now sell pasture raised chickens, nice. Wished we lived close by so we could buy your beef and chicken.

      • grasspunk says:

        They’re easy enough to raise on your own, and with your skills you’d have a blast building various variations on chicken tractors or day range houses.

  6. steve says:

    Hey Gordon… Great to see you posting again. It sounds like your Farm is really coming on now, Its really looking good. Even as a reader, I cant believe its four years since you retired, lol… Steve

  7. Thanks Steve, I hope to do a better job of posting this winter. Time just flys by now that I am retired. When I was working it was slow as hell lol.

  8. Susan says:

    Happy New Year, Gordon! Congratulations on all the improvements–it’s clear you’ve been busy! Time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it?

  9. Zambian Lady says:

    Congratulations on your achieving your dream. Farming is hard but satisfying work.

  10. david glover says:

    with all the news on the pandemic in Iowa, how are you doing on the farm? Hope you and your family are remaining healthy and your farm doing well. all is good at my house.

  11. We are doing well here David, thanks for asking. I just had a friend here who’s son in-law is in the hospital fighting for his life from Covid 19. His son also has a fever and was sent home without a test, so you can be sure all the numbers are not being counted. It is only going o get much worse here before it gets better, we do need prayers.

    • Mike Smith says:

      I have not replied in a while. My wife and I moved from Texas to SE Iowa (Davis county) in October 2018. We built a pole barn house/shop. We moved in our house in May 2019 after living in our camper for 7.5 months. We love it here in Iowa. We have planted 5 apple trees and two pear trees.

  12. David A. George says:

    i bought flat sheets of treepro tubes and used approx size 1″ x 3/8″ sized plastic automobile fender buttons from local hardware store, inserted in the pre drilled holes and made a 3 panel tree tube to protect from dogs and rabbits, plus wind protection from our constant drying winds here on the rangelands of the northern great plains in eastern MT.
    i have pictures if you you would like to see them

  13. Congratulations Mike on building your Pole barn house and moving to Iowa. It is a great State to live in. I know all about living in a camper for 8 months while also building our home but it sounds like you did it during an Iowa winter. I don’t know how you did it. Anyway don’t wait so long to reach out again.

  14. Do you sell breeding chickens or fertilized eggs?

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