“There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.” – Aldo Leopold
I don’t own a farm. In fact I don’t even live in a rural town. Rather, my husband and I live in the urban outskirts of Seattle with our dog, his mother, her dog and our six chickens (Buttercup pictured left). We both spent time on the small Isle of Vashon and have our own experiences with homesteading and caring for animals. We have big dreams of establishing a “real” farm someday. Someday soon in fact. In the meantime, we are growing our knowledge base and teaching ourselves the ropes of gardening, animal care and production required to build the farm we dream of in our minds. For now, we both work full-time jobs as analysts. Todd has his B.A. from the University of Washington in Business with a focus on entrepreneurship and marketing and I have my B.Sci. from the U.W. in Environmental Sciences and Resource Management with a focus in horticulture and restoration. As we progress through our journey, I’ll share our stories, lessons learned and ideas for urban homesteading and adopting a more independent lifestyle. Some things you’ll find here include recipes, chicken care, gardening, home projects, soil discussions and everything in between. We hope you find something that will inspire you to reach back to your roots and become more involved in your food, health and community.