I’m a wife, a seasonal farmhand, and a serial student so I’m always trying to learn something new. Most recently I’ve been studying up on PERMACULTURE, SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION, and ECOLOGY. I am especially interested in homesteading and I am currently working on trying to grow as much food as I can in my tiny urban back yard! My goal is to someday own a small farm that can support me and my husband and my future family. I love working with my hands and the feel of dirt beneath my fingernails!
I am also a bit of a hobbyist, and I spend whatever free time I have cooking food from scratch, making my own household products, crafting, writing music and creative non-fiction, and playing music at my church and in a local indie folk band. My goal is to live a life that is balanced and filled with plants, animals, art, and community.
A little bit about why I started this blog:
As I mentioned above, I’m a serial student and I spent 9 or the first 10 years of my adult life in higher education. I learned a lot about ecology in graduate school, but I still have a long way to go so I started this blog so that I could have a place to share what I learn and document my journey to explore ways to integrate permaculture and other forms of ecological design into my life.
So with a college degree, why am I spending my time digging in the dirt? For a number of reasons:
- Farming is more satisfying than any other job I have ever had.
- In the long run, homesteading will allow me to spend more time with my family because I will be working at home and not commuting for hours each day.
- I’ve never been interested in making lots of money, being able to get by is enough for me.
- I’m an introvert, so hanging out with plants all day is ENERGIZING for me, while hanging out with people all day exhausts me.
- I don’t mind hard work, in fact I find that I’m much healthier both physically and mentally when I’m spending the majority of my time outdoors.
- My husband and I like the idea of having something that is ours that we can work on together.
So why do I want to homestead? For all these reasons and also simply because it feels like a good fit for me and my family! I hope that this blog will help you learn more about what works for you and yours too!