Farmgirl School

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -Tolkien

The very first showing of our house resulted in an offer.  We are under contract.  I love this little old house.  I am proud of what I have done with the yard and the sheer beauty of the space makes me smile.  I turned a barren driveway and dirt lot into an Eden in less …

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It is just an ordinary old building from the outside.  It was a feed store and a liquor store among other things.  Its basement is flooded and water rushes around the old, old boiler standing proudly, its ankles wading in the rainwater misplaced.  The large main floor is open with high ceilings, windows, wood floors, …

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We always called this our practice farm.  The place we would learn valuable homesteading skills while still living in town so that when our homestead came forth we would know a great deal before diving in head first into a cold winter with a wood stove. Things we have learned on our Practice Farm: 1. …

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This time next year we will be on our next homestead. I do not know where. I do not know how. We have enjoyed our practice farm and are very grateful.  We are ready for a more complete homestead now. Not a bigger house. A bigger homestead. A well for water. More off grid. A greenhouse. A larger …

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