For us homesteading is truly a lifestyle. We still work our “9-5” jobs and spend most of our free moments planning what we are going to do to expand the farm and how we might eventually transition to doing this full time.
Life on the homestead and the idea of being able to provide a healthy lifestyle for our family is very important. Join us as we extend that to YOUR home too, as we launch our farm business.
Here are the philosophies and principals of our farm.
Never any chemicals
Our farm is full of life, and that’s the way we like it! Using chemicals interferes with healthy life in every way. We believe in cultivating a sustainable farm, brimming with life and goodness. We never use any chemicals, pesticides or insecticides on our crops and do everything as naturally as possible.
Our animals enjoy lots of sunshine and free range in the back pasture of our property (our chickens love having access to all of the bugs they could ever want). Our animals are happy and healthy!
“I dislike the thought that some animal has been made miserable to feed me. If I am going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant, uncrowded life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade.” (What Are People For?)
Soil is life
We love dirt (well I should say soil)! Our goal is to make our soil as healthy as possible. The plants we grow will benefit from healthier practices and so will we! Through amending the soil with compost tea, manure straight from our own compost pile, wood chips to help keep in moisture, and the no-till method, we hope to create top notch soil.
We are always learning
The homestead is the perfect place to learn, fail, practice, learn again, try something different, and try again. If you work hard, have a good attitude and the willingness to learn, you will go far! We also love that our kids get to learn alongside us.
Good for the soul
We believe that small scale farming is not only good for the environment, but we also believe it is good for the soul. Time outdoors makes us feel connected to everything around us. To touch the dirt, to notice the first bloom on a tree, to recognize the sweet sound of a red-winged blackbird and to appreciate all of creation in a way that brings restoration to our souls. We believe homesteading is an act of worship and connects us with people and every part of the natural world.
“…the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.” (The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry)
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you;
the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of every human being.
— Job 12:7-10