It’s official. My boyfriend and I are now the proud owners of five beautiful acres in lovely south eastern 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.
I see the act of homesteading as a way to live the closed loop cycle to its fullest, or as damn close as you can get. You compost, you use the compost for your garden, that garden grows the food you eat, then you compost those food scraps and the cycle begins all over again. Add in some free range chickens and pastured pigs and those food scraps can go towards their diet, which then yields you meat and eggs. All the while you are increasing the health of the soil, the air, and your body! The environment only benefits when you choose to lead a closed loop cycle lifestyle, and by purchasing this little slice of heaven, I believe that I can be a part of that positive change.
This blog is dedicated to documenting our journey with this property, as well as keep me in line with my goals! I will be providing down-to-earth insight on how to keep chickens and piggies on five acres, detailing all the vegetable garden know-how I can get my hands on, and finally taking you though all our home renovating plans (get ready for some serious before and after photos!).
Thank you for reading and here’s to the journey ahead! Next week I am going to go over the property as is, and break down my 2016 goals. I’ll tell you how I’m going to take these 5 acres from just land and some outbuildings, to a vibrant small scale homestead that continually gives back what I put in.
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 a toxin-free life and turn these five acres from just property to a fully functioning small-scale homestead.
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