So Homestead might be a strong word for what amounts to Country Living in North Arkansas.
But it seems to fit our notion of a lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of heavy traffic of the big city.
While we have been clearing and working on our place over ten years, mostly it has been a week or two a couple times a year as we have been able to squeeze in a bit of time and money for the project. June of 2015 we pulled in loaded with everything we hadn’t already brought in.
The remaining part of 2015 was getting a bit of additional land cleared we needed to do for getting our new home in place, trenches for water, electric, phone lines, septic lines, septic tank, d-box, drain-field lines etc. As with any outdoor projects, weather is a factor, and while you can accept that it will impact they when and why you do things, it can still be a bit on the frustrating side for how long it ends up taking to accomplish something that in our minds should only take half that time or less. And then too, we aren’t as young as we used to be.
Soon after getting a garden started we began adding chickens. They have been really great at reducing the bugs. Chiggers, ticks and spiders were the worst problem. While we still have some spiders, the ticks and chiggers are not to be found in the area where the chickens free range in search of the next bug to eat. While the eggs, meat, and fertilizer they leave behind are great, bug control is what we value the most. That and the entertainment we get watching them.
Geese have been so much fun!
And in, 2019, we started to expand to an additional orchard, expanded the garden, and yes, added 2 ducks, 2 more geese, 4 turkeys, 8 guinea fowl and…. yes a couple of piglets. The piglets have grown and now rest peacefully in the freezer.
Check with us here and on YouTube to see what 2020 will bring.