Birth of a Homestead
Half Acre Homestead is the result of several years of “Wandering Towards a Rural Life” and discovering that it’s not only hugely fulfilling, it’s something I have to share! Over the past few years, I’ve found myself becoming more drawn to “country living”, including everything from growing and preserving food to building rainbarrels, to raising bees and chickens. My husband and daughter have been quite amiable about the ride, and when we had the opportunity in 2008 to move to Battle Ground, WA onto just over half an acre of land, we took it. I knew I would put in a large garden, but I didn’t realize where that would lead…
Now I’m approaching the next chapter, which is selling farm-raised produce and handmade goods from my relatively small “microfarm”. As my enthusiasm for bees and organic gardening and homestead practices have grown, I’ve noticed people seemed interested in what I was doing. I started a blog, but that wasn’t enough. By the end of 2009 I was looking for the answers to several questions about how to legally sell my produce and how to develop a food processing facility for more.
In Spring of 2010 I found the class I’d been seeking: Cultivating Success, put on by the WSU Extension office. In 10 weeks I went from thinking about selling produce to obtaining State and City licenses, and procuring a spot at the local outdoor market! Our latest endeavor is putting together that longed-for food processing facility, so be on the lookout for baked goods, jams, jellies, pickles, salsas, and candies!
It’s worth noting that I’m not a vegetarian, I’m not an activist, and I’m not following any Special Agenda or Larger Purpose. I’m trying to add more to the world than I take away and to live in better harmony with nature in an increasingly sterile world. I’m trying to deepen my sense of humility, gratitude and reverence towards nature in myself and instill the same in my daughter. I follow organic and natural gardening practices because putting chemicals on food plants and into our ground water makes little sense to me. If you’re interested in some of these topics but find other sources of information too radical or agenda-laden…come hang out with me and my bees and chickens, we won’t judge.