Our New Homestead

I have been stalking Craigslist.  It is exhausting.  The rents in our county have nearly doubled.  Mention eight cats (let alone a dog, chickens, ducks, and goats…and self employment and bad credit) and it’s amazing how quickly someone else gets the house!  Doug and I talked about what we wanted.  Do we want to give…

Treasure Hunting and Magical Gardens

The sidewalks stretched out across the landscape, endless walkways about the city.  Bits of glass glinted in the light.  The air smelled of beer and urine with a hint of marijuana outside the warehouses near the tracks.  We dropped our car off for repairs and began to walk towards the bustling south Broadway.  The familiarity…

Autumn in the Air

I felt a chill and knew it’d come he doth snuck in through the night on glided rain through corn stalks stealth a new feel to this dawn light.   Coloring as he made his way green beans wave an aspen gold birds sing brightly from pine perches prepare for winter untold.   Vast pumpkin leaves unfold with…

5 Steps To Becoming a Homesteader (or just simplifying your life)

1.Write down your goals.  Do you want to quit your job?  Move to the country?  Have an urban farm?  Homestead on the weekends?  Live a more peaceful, mindful life?  We have been on the path to simplicity and homesteading for about seven years now.  It started with reading books like “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral” by Barbara…

Gin and Jelly (sounds like a rap song)

Chokecherries by themselves are rather tart and cannot be eaten plain, however if you boil them with water then the juice can be turned into all sorts of delights!  Here are a few recipes for chokecherries to save the delightful taste of summer. Chokecherry Gin Fill a half gallon canning jar with chokecherries Add 3 cups…

Surprise Fall Crops, Moveable Gardens, and the Moveable Farm

I planted seeds every couple of weeks until mid-July in rows where the seeds didn’t germinate or after crops were harvested.  In the long rows where I had harvested garlic I had planted snow peas, radishes, carrots, beets, and pattypan squash.  Then I forgot that I planted them!  So, imagine my pleasant surprise when I came…

A Trip to a Medieval Village (our bee hive)

There has been so much activity in the medieval kingdom (our bee hive that is) that I thought I better have my friend and mentor, Brett, come over and translate what is going on.  It has been four months since we first got our hive. After donning our suits and smoking the hive entrance to hide…

Our Farmstead in August (chokecherries, herbs, bees, and helpers)

August is a beautiful time on a farm.  The daily rainfall (incredibly rare) has made this place look like an absolute Eden.  Allow me to give you a tour in photos with your morning coffee. This wouldn’t be Pumpkin Hollow Farm if there were no pumpkins.  Princess orange pumpkins and green pinstriped pumpkins are quickly filling the front yard.  Some…

The Ducks of Pumpkin Hollow Farm

We’ve been watching Irene for awhile.  She has a zigzag on her chest that makes her look like a superhero and she stands much taller and bigger than the other ducks.  Some women are built that way.  I wasn’t judging.  They follow her everywhere.  She enjoys a good swim in their child sized swimming pool…