Howdy! Thanks for checking out our blog and showing interest in our story. We are glad you're here! I guess I'll start by telling you who we are and why we started this blog.
We are the average family, 2 adults and 2 kids (daughters 16 and 9) and a couple of dogs on a 1/3 acre lot in semi-country, semi-suburbs which is fast becoming more of a strong suburb in one of the fastest growing regions in the country.
We have become aware of the unhealthiness of the average American diet and lifestyle as well as vulnerabilities in the systems of support we have become so accustomed to. For this reason, we have decided to take a slightly different path. It's a path that will improve our health and happiness. It will reduce our stress and, in the end, it is a lifestyle that I hope I can share with many others in my community and now, through this blog, the world.
We began this lifestyle, somewhat automatically, or unintentionally. When my wife and I bought our house we had the option of finding out our lending approval for the mortgage, but we opted to buy low thinking that if I lost my job or got a cut in pay, we wouldn't have to worry about losing the house. We signed a 15 year mortgage and payments below $600 a month.
After a few years I bought a new Jeep because I had got a raise at work and began to get into off roading. It was an expensive hobby and I racked up a few thousand dollars in credit card debt accordingly. A few years went by and my wife had gotten back into the workforce after raising our new born baby. She got a raise and also got a new Jeep. Now, even though our mortgage was extremely low, we had 2 car payments, a new baby and credit card debt. It was beginning to sound like the good ole American lifestyle.
She eventually decided she'd rather not work and so we decided to sell our Jeeps. It was a hard decision to make as she saw her Jeep as her pride and joy and as a status symbol (it was a very nice Jeep). I made the call, against all wishes (daughters did not want us to sell either!!) and we sold the Jeeps. I had equity in mine and she was negative but they about equalled out - minus all the extras we had put on them! So, we were beginning to get back to the low cost of living I had originally set out for, except now we still had the credit card debt.
We decided that it would be a good idea to start a garden and keep some small livestock. We began with a few chickens. We got rabbits shortly thereafter and got our garden underway in the meantime. We now have a healthy flock of about a dozen hens, along with their rooster and a breeding stock of rabbits. Our garden is giving back to us and we are learning about herbs and the uses for them. We have started a micro food forest (more of a couple of guilds, actually) and have planted shade vines around our patio that will also provide food and medicine.
We are proud that we can decide to live healthier in an ever decreasingly healthy environment and have goals of making the best use of 1/3 acre. We will develop This Tiny Farm over the next few years while learning all we can about soil health, micro-and macro-ecosystems, herbs and herbal products, beekeeping, livestock husbandry and annual crops in a permaculture system. We wish to share all this knowledge and our journey with you along the way. Eventually we wish to move to a much bigger piece of land where we can really make a difference in not only our lives, but those around us by holding hands-on workshops and training.
Because we wish to share this healthy lifestyle with everyone, and because we wish to minimize our ties with and lessen our dependence on the current systems of support most of the world relies on for life, we will begin to roll out some products and services related to this lifestyle. These products will be all organic or beyond organic, homegrown and/or handmade by our family for yours and will include such things as balms, creams, tinctures, salves, herbal tea blends, jams, flowers, seed starts, tree starts, chicken eggs, rabbits, and other farm and health related products. Services will include, for now anyway, the installation small permaculture style edible landscape pods.