As we move into the new farm location and get fences, shelters woodpiles and hay ready for winter, we must acknowledge the change in site with a change in name.
Our new farm rests along a slope coming down from Mount Pleasant, with a shallow hollow at the bottom of our land and a ridgeline at the top of our hill. Unlike our previous farm, where we sat in a bowl of a valley, here the majority of our farm will have a definite slope. This will be wonderful for making an orchard on one of our south-eastern slopes, where the cold air and excess damp will drain away from the fragile fruit trees. Our pastures and cropland, too, will have to grow on hillsides, and this inspired us toward our new farm name.
In the classic western novels by author Louis L'Amour, multiple characters (hardy, humorous individuals with problem-solving, resilient attitudes) hail from the Appalachian Mountains. They frequently describe their homesteads there as "sidehill farms" where they jokingly claim that their flocks were bred to have short legs on one side, so they could walk on the steep pastures as long as they always went around the mountains in the same direction.
In laughing tribute to these Appalachian tall tales, therefore, we have redubbed Mosby's Secret Valley Farm as Mosby's Secret Sidehill Farm. May our livestock never need to shorten their legs on one side!
Farmer Shannon runs MSSF and keeps horses, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, pigs, dogs and cats, while living gluten-free & spinning/weaving for a hobby in the SCA.