I have received lots of emails lately asking about what products we offer and where they can be found. I realized that outside of our previous shareholders, most of you don’t know what we are doing now! So, here is an update!
Last August (2012), with so much support and demand for our product, we decided to grow and to do it quickly. We started a donation campaign to help us get started. We were interested in making a profession out of what we were doing. But as the next months went on, we saw first hand that we weren’t set up for what we were wanting to do. We tried to move and purchase more land to be able to grow on, but ran into problem after problem trying to make that move. After a lot of talking and prayer, we instead decided to downsize and continue learning and gain more experience while our 4 little kids are young and then to be set up for success in a few years when things are better set up. We needed to learn about the soil and how to maintain green pastures in this dessert climate we live in As well as to put into practice, measures that help to heal our soil and create (microbial) life again!
So the end of last year we slowed everything down and started farming only for our families needs. We sold our extra cows and chickens and in turn helped enable other backyard homesteaders/farmers as they started their journey to food freedom and self reliance!
(last picture of all the girls together)
We have continued learning and expanded our own family farm to include (in addition to cows and chickens) Pigs, Indian Runner ducks (eggs) and Muscovy ducks (meat) and will most likely be trying out Turkeys this year. As well as expanding our organic garden, we have also planted an orchard with all types of fruits, including apples, peaches, nectarines, pear, apricot, plum, cherries, mulberry, pomegranate and almond. We planted grape and blackberry vines as well as strawberries, asparagus and rhubarb plants. These will of course take a couple seasons before they are all readily available. We have started to plant pastures and it will take a few seasons before they are all grown, we are using biodynamic organic concepts and are using rain as much as possible and soaker hoses as we have no irrigation on our land.
Our plan is to use the green we do have and provide for our family for now and when we have extra, to offer it to the public (if you are interested in knowing what we have and when, sign up for our newsletter, as this is where we will post it first!).
In a few years time we will be set up to go a little larger. We are also focusing on teaching, and educating others that are also interested in homesteading, real food and sustainable farming practices. If you are interested in classes, we love to meet new people and learn from you and your experiences as well as to pass on what we have learned.