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Thursday, April 15, 2010


Hello everyone! Welcome to the party... :-)

I'm starting this blog as a way to keep up with our progress around the farm as we simplify life and move back to the basics. I'd also like this to be a way to learn and share information and tips about homesteading, living simple, downshifting.... ah heck, there are too many terms to keep up with. You get the idea.

A quick introduction:
My husband & I are in our 30s and live on a small, very old farm that we bought from my family around the same time we were married in June 2004. No one had lived here for over 20 years when we bought it so we've had our work cut out for us since day one.

Don't let the snow fool you. This photo was taken in Feb 2010, which marked the second time it had snowed here since we bought the place in 2004. The novelty of the ordeal warranted photos. A lot of them. Be prepared to see those later...

Our home was built in the 1800s and somewhere around 10 years after the builder/owner (Mr. Lancaster) built it, he sold it to my family. It was used to run a very large farm for many, many years. The property includes a large horse/mule barn (we suspect they had more working mules than horses), two pack houses for tobacco, and a community store building that has been moved several times over the years but still resides on the property. What better way to show them to you than covered with snow... (yeah, we can't get over it either)

The barn

The back side of our two pack houses

The old store, now located behind the barn.

Our "farm" is currently including about 5.5 acres (about half cleared, half wooded), 2 horses, 6 chickens, 2 dogs and 2 cats. We actively compost horse manure and use it in our organic vegetable gardens as well as give it away free to people in the community.

As for us, the humans, I am just a month away from graduating as I type (!!!) with a degree in sleep medicine. I'll be transferring in the future to another school to continue building on my degree. I enjoy working with my horses, organic gardening, and vegetarian cooking. My husband is an avid cyclist and also loves motorcycles. Sometimes it is a struggle to get him into a vehicle with four wheels...! He also loves reading, writing, and tinkering around with the numerous projects we have going at any one moment.

I plan to compile a list of helpful links (which you will hopefully find to the right) of helpful sources of information that I am finding during my journey. If you have any to add, please don't hesitate to let me know. Sharing information helps us all.

As I said before, welcome! I can't always guarantee that this blog will be entertaining, but it will be honest. I'll share our adventures, our progress, our achievements and our failures... all of which make up our little corner of the world. :-)

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