Family is the heart of all that we do and believe in. We became interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle when we started to realize that we were raising our family to embrace a society of consumerism. We did not know where our food came from; meals were prepared out of a packaged box that boasted 10 minutes or less at the dinner table (that also came with a host of preservatives, artificial flavors, synthetics, artificial food coloring, and were highly processed). When we decided to buy our home, we found 13 acres of beautiful land, and here we decided we would create a farm.
We built a big garden where we began to grow and preserve our own produce. We constructed a pole barn to house our animals and store their feed. We purchased a dairy goat and then produced our own raw, unpasteurized milk. We tapped our Maple trees and cooked our own Maple syrup. We became increasingly interested in honeybees and now harvest the golden nectar, eating it as a daily nutrient supplement and food additive. We built a coop and raised chickens and collected their beautiful eggs. We made our own soap, lotion, lip balms, and laundry soap. We were learning how to live as our own producers of a chemical free home. The food started being scratch made, daily. We stopped buying breads, milk, eggs, canned vegetables and made our own. Dinner time is celebrated, sacred family time. We eat on real plates with fabric napkins. We enjoy spending an hour together around the table, talking about our day, sharing stories, laughing, dreaming...
We've raised our children to know where their food comes from and how to appreciate the delicate beauty and balance of life. The farm's vision has changed as we have grown. But, little by little, we took on new challenges, one at a time. The learning curve has been immense: challenging, frustrating, demanding, sometimes heartbreaking, and yet beautifully rewarding all at the same time. We celebrated new life with each birth or new blessing adopted to our working farm. We mourned the loss of them with each, death, too. Knowing that life is fragile, valuable, important, and worth respecting became such an invaluable life lesson for our children.
At the end of the day, we are tired; some days utterly exhausted. We both work full time in our "other" 9-5 type professional careers. There is so much to do on a farm, that it usually means we are up before sunrise and not hitting the bed till after dark, but we wouldn't do it any other way. Because, the bottom line is... while the work is hard, yet rewarding, we are doing it together, as a family. We share this life together, growing, bonding, learning, laughing and crying.
We are but one small family. Our lifestyle choice is not one for everyone, we realize that. It's been a lot of learning along the way, and each day our future dreams and visions continue to shape and grow in ways we didn't originally anticipate, but we are anxious to see what awaits with the dawn of each new day.