We are 40-somethings (ok, so one of us is a 50 something now) who finally figured out what is truly important and try daily to pursue less complicated, more meaningful lives. We are looking to expand our homesteading efforts, but making do with what we have in the meantime and learning plenty of lessons along the way.

We purchased land to start a farm from scratch and this blog is a place for us to record our journey, share our experiences and learn from others who may stumble upon us and take pity on our poor, misguided souls.

We adore food and cooking, grow most of our own vegetables, preserve our harvests and raise chickens.  We hope to add pigs, sheep or goats and more chickens along with a market garden and fruit/nut orchards when the farm infrastructure is in place and we can pursue our full-time farming career.


11 Responses to About

  1. carolinajade says:

    I enjoy reading your blog so much that I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. Congrats!

  2. Louise says:

    I’ve curious as to the name! Would have anticipated “La Belle Poule” or some such. 😀

    • French: in equal parts because French cuisine is so particular and as an homage to Julia, who we both grew up watching and opened our minds and mouths to quality ingredients along with a zest for doing things the way we want to.

      Petit: It seems rare when a thing done on a large scale is ever truly excellent.

      Canard: Ducks are comical but productive too. If it isn’t fun or at least humorous in hindsight what’s the point?

      Farm: Plants, animals, seasons, compost, working hard… That’s what we do, and we want more..

  3. DMd says:

    I just did a search on homesteading blogs (on wordpress) and yours came up. We’re just a few years ahead of you on the journey, in that we did finally find a place to “put down roots” I love comparing notes with other people who have felt the stirring in their heart to do what you want to do. I’d never heard of the two models of farming that you mentioned in one of your posts, but it makes a lot of sense. As much as I am not interested in getting rich, it still takes a certain amount of money just to get set up to do the basic things you need to do on a small farm/ acreage. Have fun…looks like you’re already enjoying the journey. DM

  4. Thanks a lot. You ARE a lot further along than us. (Love your corn sheller!) The two models are really just the two extremes we considered. It is all on the same continuum of earning some income to pay the bills. We would really like to do this without taking out a mortgage, but realistically if you aren’t independently wealthy you have to find a way to earn a little income from your place. How much depends on how much you have left over after spending your nest egg. For me, I believe that doing it full time instead of splitting my time between a full time job would be desirable. There are lots of folks who keep a day job, but it would hurt both endeavors for us. I’m a worrier. So worrying about my day job while on the farm or worrying about the farm while at my day job doesn’t do either justice, but that’s just me. I prefer to think about one big category of problems at a time.

    Keep it up DM, You are a pioneer for all of us who try to do this sort of thing. I’m looking forward to learning from your efforts 🙂

  5. Just found your blog and I like what i see , looking forward to reading the rest and you up coming posts.

  6. sarah luetke says:

    Hi Laurie. I enjoyed looking through your blog and seeing what a big yet fun task you two are taking on!
    Sarah from the dental office 🙂

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