In February of 2009, my husband and I bought our first home located on a few acres in Johnson, Vermont. We live here with our dog, Ollie, two cats: Elvis and Atticus, six Nigerian Dwarf goats: May, Chutney, Poppy, Juniper, Willow, and Jokers Wild, and about fifteen laying hens. And to top it all off we welcomed our daughter, Isabel, into the world on January 11th, 2011.

We're slowly updating our 1850's farmhouse while steadily working towards a healthy, meaningful, self-sufficient life together.

This blog details our endeavors along with our successes and failures- all in good fun. Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon!


May and I enjoying some sunshine


You can get the girl off the farm....

Lovingly Posted by Melissa Sunday, March 21, 2010

But she's not going to be happy about it.

Yes, thats right, folks I'm headed away for a week on my yearly trip down to Texas/Mexico.  Business, not pleasure.  That means I'll be leaving the farm in my hubby's capable hands, the poor guy.  On the up side, I'll be missing out on a week of cool, rainy weather that is the norm for Vermont in early spring.  But I'll miss being home none the less.  I'm a homebody, not a traveler.

Anyways, so we ordered our chickens a couple nights ago.  We'll be getting fify meat birds and twenty-five pullets for eggs.  Six of the pullets we'll be selling to Kyle's brother, Sean, who has a lovely forested piece of land where the chickens will have a field day eating all their ticks and whatnot.  Fifty broilers is definitely a little more than we need for the year, but we've got some friends and family who will be taking some off our hands once they make the transition from the barn to the freezer.

So, hopefully shortly after I return from my trip we'll be getting our chickens and our bees (which I am picking up April 12th).  Until then we'll just keep plugging away with our seed starting and garden planning.

Well folks, as tonight is my last night home until Friday, I'm off to enjoy some quiet time with my husband and our 'family'.  Hopefully I'll have a chance to check in while I'm away.  Happy spring!!