Going back to my roots

  Being born and raised in the country most of my childhood, my heart was left there. I grew up in a big city after my father moved to work. After my teenage years, I left the nest and moved to the salt life, being it's my next love after the country. But something was still missing.

   Growing up watching my mom make everything from scratch, canning food and even gardening, I was set out to do what my mom loved. Now, I could no means put a stick in the ground an grow a rose bush like my mom. But, I found it rewarding to grow, tend and watch the fruit grow. No matter where I was I always grew something, the taste of homegrown was so different from the store-bought. Which made no sense to me. So, I brought up the questions. If a farmer grew it why did it taste different? I started looking at labels and knew I need to grow my own food. I need to know what went into my food.

  Little by little my health start going downhill, not enough energy, high blood pressure, and migraines to where we are now a mini-stroke. Not to mention weight gain. I always heard " well you turned 40", really how could that be it? No that's just an excuse. Its the food we put in our bodies, why would a number defined our health?. So I decided to go back to my roots. Making things from scratch knowing what I put in my and my family's body. I wanted to grow enough food so I could store it away in food storage, and feed my family, NOT trusting the stores for their so-called over price organic food. Did you know if you bring home garlic from the store and try to grow it, it will not grow? (In most cases.) Why you ask? Spout killer to make a longer shelf life. Do you want that in your body? I didn't and this bothered me.

  My husband always asked for land so he can leave his manly tools like zero-turn, bobcat, trucks, etc.
I have always wanted a farm, the garden, the animals the works. So here is where my story turned around. We bought 10 acres up North and I found zen. Boy, I tell you the air is different than city air, I was in the middle of nowhere and I loved it. I was off-grid. Yes, ladies and gentlemen NO phones, NO internet just me and nature. What NO phone! What if you hurt your self? I have a very big first ad kit, not scared to sew up someone, done that a few times. To hear the birds sing like they are the only ones on the Earth and feel the wind blow between the pine needles to hear the trees whisper and watch the clouds race across the sky, my darling you have NOT lived. Flowers for miles and the stars at night!!!!! Millions in the sky. Campfire going, stories to be told, laughing and roasting marshmallows that you made. That's life folks.

  I want to share my story in hopes it will inspire someone to go forth with their dream that they may have sitting on the back burner like I did for many years. I recycle everything I can, my goal is zero waste with time, I burn what trash I can, I try to buy from a bulk store and I buy from thrift stores, I turn trash into treasure by painting and restore items. We make soap, and laundry soap also.
  Right now we do not live on our farm full time YET, but that will change soon. We travel to our farm towards the weekend to build our dream one step at a time. We also have 3 acres which have a gutted home we are rebuilding in hopes to have a bed and breakfast. Next to our 3 acres are some Fl. springs. Like the Ichetucknee Springs literally walking distance.
Our goal is to rebuild it with what we find for free and what we don't we will buy. The goal is to save money but yet build our farm/bed and breakfast on a budget. I keep it smart NO animals yet, just a few chickens. I do want a llama, and a really big bird like an Emu please do not tell my husband. HA!

  I look for free wood in ads, groups and ask around for things that we could use in case someone is tossing out something we might use. Recycling can be your biggest tool and money saver. Why break the bank when you can build a homestead on a budget. Work with what you have and God will provide the rest. We check local sawmills, people that are building a home that is tossing out wood. You would be surprised at the great wood that you will find that can still be used for many projects, like chicken coops, barns, and raised garden beds.

  Building a shed, and cutting hay it's great and all but if your not healthy you can NOT achieve anything you set out to do on the farm.
   I believe the food system can be dangerous and tampered with, but I am changing my part and you can change yours. Grow your own food, it takes bearly no space at all. I believe the food from the stores are hurting our bodies, and fast food you really don't know what they made the food with. I believe the change can start with you. I believe it can make you depressed, cancer, and other sicknesses over a period of time. After my mini-stroke, I lost 12 lbs in a little over 2 weeks just eating extremely healthy from food I grew. Now, if I would have applied walking I would have lost more however, the doctor said "no".

  I thank you for stopping by, I hope, I inspired you with the journey of my small farm. Please stop by to see our growth, and stay for the campfire stories. We will have tips on how we do things, and stories and updates on what we build or grow. We sell seedling starters, we sell fruit, and jars of jelly.
We sell honey I am a beekeeper. "Oh! I love bees". We sell farmhouse decor and t-shirts we will have a website up soon. Until we meet again. Life is short, make it sweet!

Photo credit: Terrilynn

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