We bought this five acre plot in 2014 with a dream of putting down roots, learning to garden, and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Experiments were made with container gardening, square foot gardening, lasagna gardening, and straw bales.
My first foray into livestock was 8 Buff Orpington chicks. (Chickens are the gateway drug for livestock, doncha know?) We have since added Silver-laced Wyandottes to our flock and they have all been a source of joy, laughter, sustenance, heartbreak, and education by the School of Hard Knocks.
When Covid hit and we received that first stimulus check, we decided to take a leap and invest it in fence and sheep. We’d been talking about it for years and everything just came together. We started with two electronet fences from PremierOne, a run-in shed from ShelterLogic, and two bred and registered St. Croix ewes.
With gains and losses from year to year, our passion for this life is stronger than ever and so we take it to the next level… sharing it with others.
With a job loss, we decided it was the perfect opportunity to sell up and move to Tennessee. We have made some great friends in the community and we were drawn to the no-nonsense confidence of its people. We sold our livestock to be able to focus on developing a raw, forested property into a teaching homestead based on permaculture principles. We look forward to bringing livestock back into our lives as soon as we have the infrastructure in place.