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Some of the greatest inspiration for my own backyard farm have come from reading others stories and hearing of their successes and failures.  I want to hear from you.  If you are interested in sharing a profile of your Homestead, please submit a post to gstuppycarlson @ gmail.com with the title BFC Homestead Highlight.  Anyone may submit a post, but please limit your post to no more than 10 photos.  I reserve the right to edit your post prior to publishing, and will send you an email with any changes.  When composing your piece, please answer the questions below in less than 1,000 words!  Have fun and I can’t wait to hear what’s happening in your backyard!

Please also include a short (2-3 sentence) description of yourself including the name you would like to use, your general location, a short description of who you are and your homestead, and if you can be found online, please provide a link to your blog or site. A small photo of yourself or family is optional!

Homestead Highlight

How long have you been backyard farming?  What got you started?
What does your backyard farm look like?  Where is it?
What has been your biggest success and biggest mistake?
What plans do you have for the future?

7 comments:

  1. My name is Kari Spencer. I am a Master Gardener and I operate The Micro Farm Project, a tiny urban farm in Phoenix, Arizona, where veggies, flowers, fruit, and herbs grow and small livestock animals provide her family with fun and food. I love to experiment with new ways for my family to become more self-reliant and efficient, and invite others to join me. The farm gardens are lovely, but the water required to support them is great. We are currently retrofitting our drip irrigation with a grey water harvesting system to conserve water. Urban farming is an adventure, and there is always something new to learn, make or do.

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  2. Blessing my name is Stacy. We have started a lil homestead up here in WI. We are excited for what the good Lord has in store for us! Being able to give our family and friends fresh eggs, healthy meats and be stewards of the land is so wonderful. We are a part of great movement that say's, "No" to GMO's and the downsizing of our wonderful heritage breeds. 2013 is going to be a year of first of us. We just are so blessed and hope and pray other could see the importance of this self sufficient life style. Not only for ourselves but to be a light to others. We have goats and chickens right now. Next month we will be picking up a small herd of Hair Sheep and boxes for honey bees. We truly are blessed and so happy we can't pass the opportunity to share.

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  3. Hi , Just found your blog, love what you are doing here. We too have started on that journey of homesteading. We started a few years back when i gave up my short carreer of nursing after the age of 40. We wanted to provide our family with wholesome foods and leave a smaller footprint on this earth. We are raising a few head of cattle, hair sheep, and attemping to grow as much of our own food as we can here in the deep south state of Louisiana, where homesteading to not a popular choice as compared to the northern rural areas. But we are blessed that we as a family share the same values and likes to live simply.

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  4. Hi - I love this highlight that you're doing. My husband & I have worked over the years to be able to both me stay at home full-time to support ourselves and our family. Over the years we have gone from one acre to over 10, and we are making the movee to 50+ acres in the summer to homestead with our extended family. I really enjoy learning and sharing the information that I learn & what I find works for us.

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  5. Hello! My name is Marci. We live in an old rock farmhouse on one acre. There are two greenhouses, a vegetable garden, herbs, several flower beds, lots of hobbies and too many pets. Thankfully, our neighbors love us! They say being our neighbor is like living next door to Old MacDonald and Martha Stewart! My blog is Stone Cottage Adventures. Come see us! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  6. Howdy - I'm Tammy of Taylor-Made Ranch. Our ranch is located in Wolfe City, Texas, a small rural area in Northeast Texas. My husband & I wanted out of the corporate rat race so we pulled the plug a few years ago and now live and work here full time raising a small herd of registered Hereford cattle. This life works so well for us since we were aware of our footprint years before it was the common thing to do. I raise a large amount of our food through the use of raised beds for our veggies and harvesting God's bounty of wild plums, blackberries and pecans in addition. Our veggie garden is irrigated 100% from an underground cistern that collects rainwater that falls on our home, and we rely heavily on passive solar energy to supply much of our energy need (zero cost - SCORE!) I absolutely love it here and I feel I've finally come to the place I was meant to be all along.

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas
    www.taylormaderanch.com/blog

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  7. How long have you been backyard farming? What got you started?
    It's hard to say - it's creeping up slowly. This year I doubled my production garden space and added 2 beehives and a few fruit trees to our suburban homestead. As far as awareness, I've always been a treehugger, but I grew up in Europe where things are a bit different in this area. Now here in the US, I had to re-think how I could be 'green'. I still try to bike a lot!
    What does your backyard farm look like? Where is it?
    In a posh suburb in the Northeast, we raise chickens, bees, vegetables and berries. And a family, of course!
    What has been your biggest success and biggest mistake?
    Biggest mistake was to plan my first vegetable garden in the shadiest spot (so as to make it look 'nicer' in the front of the yard, I hid the production garden in the back). Biggest success overall probably the chicken coop.
    What plans do you have for the future?
    Learn more about beekeeping, get the fruit trees to produce. This year we stepped up, next year will have to be a level year of learning and simply getting better at what we already do.


    Katharina
    www.thisonegoodlife.blogspot.com

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