Sustainable Farming with Faith and Friends
It's been over two years since Sharbel overcame the illness that put our life on hold. Even though we have been very busy it hasn't produced a strong income stream that can support us now and into the future. We really haven't gotten our feet back under us since the restructuring of our tent business and the illness that Sharbel succumbed to.
Last year Rebecca trained and raced all summer and all winter. Her bid for the 2010 Olympics fell short but that didn't hold her back from winning the 2010 Winter Triathlon World Championships! This past summer we experienced life on a sustainable small scale farm and ranch. The whole family learned so much and became more in tune with the local food movement and raising healthy nutrient dense food. We came away with excitement to stay involved in some kind of farming enterprise.
So this fall we took to the road searching for a place to lease and start our own operation. Unfortunately, we didn't find a spot to start the farming lifestyle we so longed for. However, In the midst of our search we came across The Fire Within, a company out of Boulder that makes these amazing wood fired ovens on a trailer. It happened that they needed a WeatherPORT for a temporary shop to build the trailers in so we traded them our labor to deliver and set-up the WeatherPORT for one of their workshops about starting a Portable Wood Fired Pizza business.
The workshop was amazing and opened our eyes to the possibilities surrounding the artisan food movement using a wood fired oven. Another exciting point that hit home to us was that the The Fire Within ovens as well as the workshops are made and hosted on a farm at the edge of Boulder. The whole atmosphere really clicked with us and we knew pretty quick that this was what we were supposed to do. The last 2 years have been a rebuilding process and at the same time a period of searching, learning and asking questions.
We are excited to announce that we have come to a decision to jump on board the local food movement with the purchase of a portable wood fired oven. We feel this business will fit our family very well with the ability to have our children involved, work when and where we want, be creative with food, use local and farm fresh ingredients and interact with people by serving fresh healthy pizzas and more.
Our focus will start small by attending farmers markets, music and art festivals, sport and special events. We will also be doing private catering and networking with local restaurants.
Even though we are excited about the future of our wood fired oven business, our enthusiasm doesn't stop there. We are even more excited about the opportunity to continue our search for a farm / ranch property. The summer spent interning on a sustainable farm left a lasting impression and desire to continue down the road of raising animals for delicious meats, providing fresh milk and cheese and harvesting fruits and vegetables from our own land. We look forward to combining our love for animals, healthy food and our Catholic faith to create a sustainable farm where we can share all of this with all of you and many others.
Thanks for your support in this new endeavor and we look forward to firing our oven at an event near you!
Sharbel and Rebecca Dussault