We female farmers are a unique bunch. From raising heritage hens on pasture to milking dairy goats for artisan cheese, there are so many awesome products that are being brought into the market thanks to all my soil sisters out there. While there may be diversity in our farming styles, products, and ideas, there is one thing we all have in common - and that is the need for self-care. For me, this time of year can feel like an all out race. Planting, mulching, composting, caring for sick hens, managing a farm stand, etc - it’s so easy to let self-care take a back seat as you race the weather to get your crops in the ground. I am writing the post today as a lighthouse in the storm of your budding growing season. Don’t forget to take care of the most important part of your farm - you.
Welcome back! If you haven’t read my last post yet, I totally encourage you to do so. I discuss all the reasons behind why homesteading is my personal calling and how deeply important I think it is when it comes to discussing environmental stability and self sufficiency.
In this week’s post, I’m going to go over how we found this property, the five acres of land as is, discuss my 2016 homesteading goals, and then close with my overarching vision for the property. This post is as much a to-do list for me to hold myself accountable into 2016 as it is an introduction for you to our land. Read on!
It’s official. My boyfriend and I are now the proud owners of five beautiful acres in lovely southeastern Wisconsin. With one big willow tree, a confused little rambler, and plenty of outbuildings, we are in paradise! With thoughts of garden plots and chicken coops dancing around in my head for the last six years, it’s surreal to finally be standing at the beginning of my mini homesteading journey.
Thanks for stopping by Green Willow Homestead! From chicken rearing to orchard planting, we've got our hands full and we love sharing what we've learned along the way. Follow along as we strive to live sustainably and turn these five acres from just property to a fully functioning small-scale homestead.
1. Joe Salatin
2. Rachel Carson
3. Wendell Berry
4. Temple Grandin
5. Sustainable Dish
6. Zero Waste Home
7. Allan Savory
Favorite Books of 2018
2. Bringing it to the Table
3. Holistic Management
4. The Small Scale Poultry Flock
5. In The Company of Women