In the spring of 2015 we packed up our family and moved away from the city to begin living a more resilient, homesteading life on the land.
Our goal was huge and the need felt urgent especially with the news of twins arriving that summer. It all seem so impossible. With the help of amazing family and friends we did it. We purchased our homestead in spring of 2015 and sold our home in the city that summer. The hills were now our home and it was time to start a new life with plenty of room to spread our wings and see what flew!
Nothing to it, but to do it
With that statement constantly swirling through our minds we dove in head first. We placed a large order with a local hatchery and had chicks chirping in a box on our kitchen table before we knew it. Instead of taking it slow the first year, we ordered chickens, ducks and turkeys, Oh My!! After the twins arrived and life seemed almost normal we decided just a few pigs would be good. And then there were seven.
Fake it til’ you make it
Being more than 3 generations removed from this kind of life, our knowledge set going into it was extremely limited to say the least. By devouring podcasts, books, talking to old-timers and by going to workshops we started to gain knowledge but more importantly started building courage.
No one ever says you have to be an expert to try something new. You’ll never be great at something by trying to do it perfectly. You’ve got to make mistakes, learn and grow from them and keep on getting after it. Our first years have been huge learning experiences. With lots of digging in and with lots of elbow grease we made each experience a success or examined why it wasn’t and learned from it.
Farming In Nature’s Image
We believe that Nature is the best teacher. Farming in Nature’s Image allows us to care for the land and ourselves in a sustainable manner for generations to come. While we are passionate about raising nutrient dense, beyond organic food, our most important crop is our children.
We have met so many wonderful, kind, amazing, world changing people and love sharing our life experiences together. Here at the homestead our kids have witnessed our milk cow give birth, ducks and chicks hatch from our own incubated eggs, kittens be born and die, and pigs killed beautifully and butchered for our own table. It is of the greatest joy and happiness to live a life where we can not only cultivate the lives of our children but also with those who come into our life. We are on this path not to keep it to our selves but to share it with our kids and the community around us. We hope you’ll join us in this journey in living a simple life full of Joy and Happiness.
-Greg & Susan 1/21/2017
“When it is understood that one loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them, the essence of natural farming will be realized. The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”