It all started back in 2010 with five ducks and a copy of Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.

Prior to reading Nourishing Traditions we ate a diet that was healthy by mainstream standards. We even went vegetarian for a year. But something wasn't right and we didn't feel our best. After coming across Nourishing Traditions and giving it a read everything changed. The book made so much sense that we started implementing it's ideas immediately. We started eating traditional, whole, real food and our bodies thanked us.

Along this real food journey we also read Omnivores' Dilemma by Michael Pollan. It was eye opening to see where most mainstream food comes from. If you think your grocery store beef came from a grassy scenic farm you would be wrong. We decided we want to eat real food and we want to know where it comes from. We want the animals to be raised and slaughtered humanely. What started out as trying to shop from local farmers turned into trying to grow it ourselves.

Then came the ducks. We decided to keep a small flock of chickens in our suburban backyard for eggs. We weren't technically allowed to have poultry there and I was worried the chickens would we too loud so we settled on Khaki Campbell ducks instead. Later we did add chickens for both eggs and meat. I was amazed what we were able to do on just a quarter acre.

We have since moved and now have seven acres in southeast Pennsylvania. This is our second year here and we have six breeding ewes, almost twenty layer chickens and a big garden. We have been able to harvest lamb, chicken, eggs, wool, and vegetables. We hope to add sheep milk to the list this spring. We are trying to grow as much of our own food as possible and sourcing the rest from local farmers when we can.

I write here mainly about our adventures in homesteading and the life that creates. I am a teacher at heart and love learning and sharing ideas through the blog community. Prior to staying at home with the kiddos I was a high school mathematics teacher. Now we have it in the plans to home school our children. I am far from an expert on any of this but I love reading other blogs for inspiration and I hope we can provide inspiration to others as well.


1 comment:

  1. This is such a great mission you are following. I am a former high school English teacher and am now home with my son who has cerebral palsy and toddler twins. They are the equivalent of herding ducks, but I feel called to this life. Blessings!