7 Things I wish I knew before moving to the country

Eight years.

I spent eight years reading books and articles, watching videos, trying things, and talking with people who were already doing what I wanted to do. You’d think that I would have foreseen some of these.

But no.

Here’s my list (ever-growing) of things I wish I had been told before we made our move to our rural homestead: Continue reading “7 Things I wish I knew before moving to the country”

Greenhouse project



Tall tunnel.

Call it what you will, it’s soon to be completed and will act as winter housing for critters, then growing space for tender plants.

We chose to build a tall tunnel by bending our own hoops with a handy device from Johnny’s Selected Seeds. I’ve done the PVC greenhouse thing, but since this structure needs to protect our first commercial layer flock and survive the wind and snow that’s inevitable at 7000′, I wanted to go with something a little more durable. And secured to the ground. And not break the bank. Continue reading “Greenhouse project”

Gertie, the horse trailer who wanted to be a chicken coop

I don’t know why she’s “Gertie”. It just felt right.

Anyway, here is our new old 2-horse trailer. She’s a beautifully worn 1968 model with an unusual center front door over the tongue.

Why did we buy a horse trailer if we have no horses?

This little beauty will be transformed into our first mobile chicken coop. We’ll open up the inside, hang some nest boxes on the sides, install roost bars, vents, and an automatic door, and we should have a great little coop-on-wheels that we can move around the property. Continue reading “Gertie, the horse trailer who wanted to be a chicken coop”

Cast iron cornbread

Cast iron.

It’s the stuff of old, shrouded in mystique, out of the grasp of technologically-minded suburbanites like me, right? <<insert gameshow buzzer here>>

Oh man! Why did it take me this long to play with cast iron?!?

Tonight, I left the comfort of my bland, square glass baking pan, and embarked on a journey to richness of flavor, satisfyingly crispy crusts, and undeniable beauty that will call me to return again and again.

With Cast Iron Cornbread. Continue reading “Cast iron cornbread”

A 6-step exercise in minimalism

So our new cabin is half the size of our former home in the suburbs.

HALF the size. And NO basement.

For this family (genetically predisposed to collecting), living in a small house will be a challenge.

To be honest, we still have a bunch of stuff in our storage unit. After all, we ARE planning on building a bigger cabin. So I do expect to have space again someday. But in the meantime, here we are, a family of four, living in a small house, with a TINY kitchen. How do I do it? Continue reading “A 6-step exercise in minimalism”

What’s up with radon?

It’s the nasty thing that home inspectors around here just expect to find. And judging by the number of mitigation companies I found with a quick Google search, I was guessing that it truly is a thing. But really, what’s the big deal? This is our fourth home purchase in our 18 years of marriage, and we’ve not once had to contend with high levels of radon. Sounds a bit scammy, right?

Until you start looking into what radon is and what it can do. Continue reading “What’s up with radon?”

REAL food

It seems like forever since I’ve been able to make real food for my family!

I’m talking REAL food. Start-from-scratch, fresh veg, homemade broth from the freezer, simmers for hours, warms to you your toes. Real food.

Our kitchen back in the suburbs was packed up almost entirely about 10 days before our move. Sure, we left a few items out–a small skillet, saucepan, paper plates, silverware. We could get by, right? Continue reading “REAL food”

A Little Farm finally has a home!

On Friday, July 28, 2017, the dream became a reality.

A Little Farm actually started several years ago with a simple compost bin from Sam’s Club. Compost led to chickens; chickens led to gardening; gardening spurred the desire to join the local CSA; the CSA offered working shares; working at the CSA introduced goats; goat milk makes yummy things; yummy, wholesome food brought health and a desire to bring wholesome, yummy food to our friends and neighbors. And A Little Farm was born. Continue reading “A Little Farm finally has a home!”