Our Homestead Journey
I know that feeling of dreaming and yearning to find a special place to call home. The desire to connect to the land, the seasons, our food, and ultimately, connecting with ourselves. And the nagging sense of something vital missing from our lives.
Wherever you are on your journey, it can be helpful to share the experience with others.
We started our homesteading journey in 2009 when we ripped out the roses and azaleas from the tiny yard of our townhouse in the suburbs of Washington, DC to create a small garden.
Breaking our community HOA rules, we created a compost bin to help nourish our clay soil, built raised beds, grew herbs in pots on our small back deck, joined a CSA and started learning to cook and preserve using seasonal foods.
For five years we made the most of our suburban life, reading books, blogs, visiting farms and dreaming of our escape. We created a budget, cut back our expenses, and saved every penny we could.
During this time of learning, we researched and took trips to places where we could afford land and be part of a community with shared values. Finally, in 2014 we gathered our courage and made the move to Nelson County, VA where we purchased a small home on 2.4 ares of land in the Rockfish River Valley.
Welcome to Willow Tree Farm
The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land. ~Abraham Lincoln
We are just getting started as we transform this home and land. Our goals are modest – to produce more of our food and medicine, and to live simply and frugally.
Do you want to live a homesteading lifestyle but don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you are already on the path but want to do more. Here are some thoughts on aspects of simple living and homesteading. I would love to hear from you – in the comments or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This is a series of interviews with homesteaders about their reasons for choosing the Homestead Lifestyle, their challenges, and rewards. Very inspiring!
Homestead Lifestyle – Off-Grid Homesteading
Homestead Lifestyle – Self-Empowerment
Homesteading Lifestyle – Perspective and Patience
Homesteading Lifestyle – Community