We aren't just twiddling our thumbs while we wait for our property to close. Nope -- we've gone out and bought a top bar beehive. We've been researching beekeeping, reading books and watching YouTube tutorials and going to classes. There is never enough learning out there, in our opinions. I'm working on bee sources, hoping … Continue reading Beekeeping, Baby!
After a couple of weeks of inspections and negotiations, we finally have settled and will be closing on our new home in early December. We can't wait and are not only excited but also anxious about how to maintain this 100+ year old farm house over the winter while we aren't living there. Things we … Continue reading Closing Time and Winter Learning
It has been quite a while since a blog post has been written here, but we have been working hard behind the scenes for our dream of going back to the land to become reality. After a disappointing summer without many properties to see we had almost given up on finding anything that would meet … Continue reading Farm Plans are Getting Real
The winter is a time to rest and plan for the gardening to come in the spring, summer and fall, so this winter I set out to work on maximizing the 1/4 acre we currently live on by learning about medicinal plants that can work both as ornamental landscaping and benefit my family with their … Continue reading Book Review: The Herbal Apothecary and The Herbal Handbook for Home & Health
A major way we are currently planning and preparing for our transition from suburbs to farm is to educate ourselves. The best resources for this consists of learning from the experts that we respect -- using the internet and the public library, we are given an enormous amount of material to learn from before we … Continue reading Book Review: You Can Farm by Joel Salatin
One of the first things we plan to do (aside from planting perennial nut and fruit trees/shrubs) on our farm will be to start our own flock of laying hens. Eventually we will get into broilers, but eggs will be our first foray into livestock, and we literally can't wait. We can't wait so much, … Continue reading Our First Chicken
In an earlier post, I mentioned that we are proponents of eating less meat, but higher quality products, and we just picked up a huge meat order at our farmer's market (pictured above). It is the heart of winter right now, so there aren't many stalls and the market has moved indoors, but our farmer … Continue reading Buying Meat From the Farm
It's hard to get fresh greens in during the winter, but you can easily grow your own micro greens on your windowsill. We grow black oil sunflower greens -- you can order quality seeds online to sprout. I won't go into the health benefits of these sprouts, but trust me -- they are good for … Continue reading Growing Micro Greens
One of the first steps we've taken in order to purchase our family farm is to drastically cut our expenses in order to pay off debts and begin saving. Our goal is to be able to pay for a large part of our farm in cash, thus having as small a mortgage payment as possible. … Continue reading Ways We Save Money
Why would a family, fully established in suburbia with good jobs, good schools and a two car garage, decide to give it all up and move to the rural countryside to become farmers? We get asked this question all the time and the answer is multi-faceted. I remember before we had our second baby, we … Continue reading Why Farming?