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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

on becoming farmers and learning to be at home

Farmers? Homesteaders? I prefer the latter I suppose (though I don't own overalls or muck boots, although I do have a pair of rainboots that I use for that purpose, although they are polka dotted and from Target, ha!)

And so we dive head in, creating in one month a hen house (awaiting our new friends, to be picked up soon), a garden box, (covered with plastic sheeting, where we plant spinach, radishes, swiss chard, and lettuce) and a compost pile (which at this point is a pile of scraps covered in dirt and leaves in the field.)

And so. We are doing it. The country life. The homesteading life, which to me is a life lived purposefully towards a self sustaining existence.


Because it feels right.

We scour our woods for pinecones and plants and fallen trees to cut up. (Next up. A wood stove.)

We spend our weekends outside on projects.

We shop less, and havent eaten out in weeks.

I tell the kids, can you climb that tree? And they do. And I say, hey, it's like your own jungle gym! Who needs a park! And their eyes light up. Oooooh.

And the blue jay outside our kitchen window visits from time to time, and the wind in the pines sings in the evening light, and we are home, blissfully so.

“...And we pray, not for new
earth or heaven, but to be quiet
in heart, and in eye clear.
What we need is here.”
―    Wendell Berry

our winter garden, planted. its 75/80 degrees inside on a sunny day, easy. so crazy cool!
“One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use, is the gardener's own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support.
It is a way of rejoining the human race.”
―    Wendell Berry
the outside of our winter garden box
“And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home.”
―    Wendell Berry
the completed hen house, waiting for our new residents :)


  1. So Awesome! I am living my stay at home, crafting, chicken, winter gardening dreams through your blog :)

  2. awesome Sara! yeah, yeah!! are your girls in yet?
    love you


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