Farmgirl School

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

The Southern Colorado Outdoor Living and Sustainability Fair was outstanding.  We caught up with some of the folks we knew in the sustainability world and met many new ones, farmers and young beginners alike. I pep talked myself the whole way there, “I will not be sad.  I will not be sad.”  Seeing the homesteading and …

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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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I don’t know why I was annoyed that day, but I was.  I needed to go to the health food store in Parker.  Emily wanted to come along.  She wanted her boyfriend, Bret, to come along too.  However, he couldn’t get to our house.  He was seven miles east of our town at his friend’s  …

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I hate limbo.  I like things nice and organized.  Memos about the future, perfect accounting, smooth plan making…I am a tad power trippy.  I panic.  Our shop is for sure closing but our business is not.  I felt like we needed to move quick, save money, find a cheaper place, not live in a box!  …

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How do you start a farm?  Well, you get a hundred acres or so, just buy it or inherit it or something, make sure it has a farmhouse on it.  Gets lots of fuzzy animals that want to work for room and board.  Grow tons of fabulous food. This was my vision of a farm and …

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We love to read around here.  We are at the library a few times a week.  Emily has already started reading daily to Maryjane.  Transporting oneself into an adventure for free and the unlimited knowledge that we can obtain from books is something I do not take for granted!  I prefer farming memoirs over “how …

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Autumn may be my favorite time of year but this month sure is close.  To spend all day with my hands covered in dirt planting seeds that will become food is my favorite pastime.  Not until my tired post-Winter body finally yelled, “Enough!” did I grab a beer and head to the porch to see all …

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Now that we have determined that we are not moving for a few years at least and the hundred acre wood is out of my grasp currently, we are going to stop looking at this house as “someone else’s”.  Who cares if we are renting?  It is our home and we really want to homestead, so …

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