Hello and Welcome!

Greetings from our humble homestead!  Years ago, I thought it was just a fantasy of mine to leave the hustle and bustle of the City and purchase a 22 Acre property. I wanted to teach my children the skills my grandparents and mom taught me through the years.  Realistically?  I wanted to learn how to be a homesteader.  The idea of raising our own food sources and doing it without all the nasty things they use commercially has always been appealing to me.  I wanted to get back to basics; teach my children how to garden and prosper off the land and hard work.

Monica

My best friend is my husband, Aaron.  Together, we have two kids.  They both are your typical “city” kids who’ve gone from being completely plugged in; to learning the responsibilities of living on our 22 Acre homestead.  Boy, how things change when kids leave the city!  My only regret is not doing this sooner!

So please, enjoy our journey.  Our goal is to help others who are starting to learn about homesteading, canning, raising animals, gardening, rearing children in an unplugged atmosphere and showing like minded people, it CAN be done!

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4 thoughts on “Hello and Welcome!

  1. We moved our family from city to country in 1977…years before the term “off the grid” was born. We were “back-to-the-landers” and so strange that our story made the front page of the local newspaper back then! We had chickens, dairy goats, pigs, sheep, rabbits, ducks, guineas, and a pony for the kids (3). I grew a huge garden, we raised our own grains which I scythed, threshed, and the kids ground into flour (if you wanted to watch tv, you had to grind while watching!) We grew sorghum, had a press, and boiled it into molasses, plus had honeybees. I learned to cure hams and bacon, I hand sheared the sheep, carded the wool, spun it on a wheel my father-in-law made for me, and knitted it into mittens and hats. I learned to tan hides and made house slippers from rabbit skins. We heated and cooked with wood from our little forest. I preserved 3,000 cans/frozen packages, dried jars, etc. each year. It was a good life, but hard. We formed a little homesteading group in the area for parties, trading labor and stuff. Oh, the good ole days. Glad I don’t have to do it now…my body is wearing out!!!

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    1. That sounds amazing Carolee! I would love to hear more about your lifestyle and possibly get more info on the sorghum and molasses making! This year, we are looking to finally bring beef to the farm. I’m about over all the pigs but, first I’m still wanting to learn how to cure bacon and ham. That’s still on my bucket list. Life on our homestead is definitely back breaking at times. I think we are lucky to have our kids helping us. I love the family time is now spent working on a project rather than in front of a television. I think all this hard work is keeping me young! So nice to meet you!

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