There’s a secret that’s not a secret at all & I’m divulging it now so that you might encourage me–well, us, or maybe just follow our progress.

We want to be farmers. For right now we’re alright with the little urban homestead we have, but we have a master plan (& it’s only ours, we’ll see where we’re ACTUALLY led), of being goat farmers. Well, really everything farmers. All this is the reason we ended up in Greensboro anyway, we thought here we might eventually be able to afford some land and we’re getting there–dependent of course on financial institutions who are right now very hard to get money from, particularly self-employed individuals…
Our goals for the farm are immense & modern, eclectic & rugged, vintage & maybe even common (or commune). In practice we’ve learned so much about crops, chickens, bees, fruit, finding materials, networking, etc.
Relationships with other young homestead yearners, countless online resources, books, trips to local farms, & years of our subscriptions to Mother Earth News, Back Home, Martha Stewart, Our State & others have only deepened our urges & it’s the time for us to whole-heartedly push forward. We feel it…
So, the house is being scoured, emptied & things of little necessity are being purged in hopes of impressing some new family in the market for a homestead of the urban variety. Should the money-lenders decide to keep our dreams from us (which we’ll only know after January), at least the house is in tip-top shape & our clepto-tendencies have been unveiled.
We’ll keep you posted with break-throughs & pitfalls. Do you have similar rural dreams?


  • Melissa Posted December 22, 2009 10:05 pm

    Oh, that is SO exciting! We'll come farm-sit for you— it's theoretically a dream of mine, only sans animals and not in the winter… so maybe I can live vicariously through you? Your home is wonderful, and I hope it zip zaps off the market!

  • Kallie Posted December 23, 2009 1:15 am

    Well, you know that we have similar desires…maybe we'll be part of your commune. hee. I was wondering what all the boxes were about when we were over there the other day. It looked like you were doing a major clean out, but I didn't know you were actually moving forward with putting your house on the market…how could you keep such information hidden from us??? very exciting.

  • naqahdahnellie Posted December 23, 2009 1:37 am

    Yes! I've been planning to move toward the farm route myself. I've been looking for land for about a year now, but we can't decide on something together. After we purchase I want to start out with trees and shrubs growing since they will take time, and not a lot of upkeep while we're not out there. Then we can work on slowly building our dream house (or cabin or castle, or really, the sky's the limit) over time, and either work toward JP getting a work at home position, or well just waiting for retirement. Then I want to work on some hot houses, and alpaca. MMmmmm…home made alpaca yarn!

  • school house oils Posted December 23, 2009 4:04 am

    ooh…this is fun. keep sharing your ambitions! & Kallie–you know most of all! remember that dream? & when the lady randomly called about our house for sale? it's been coming…

  • Joy Posted December 24, 2009 2:29 am

    I have dreams too! My corporate job makes it hard to move in that direction, but I really want chickens, sheep and alpaca (yummy yarn!) and lots of veggie garden space. Maybe one day! PS. I'll farm-sit too. 🙂

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