Seven laying hens (nine counting the chicks).  Four-hundred square-feet of garden beds.  A quarter-acre.  That’s my homestead, and I maintain it all–or at least try–while working full-time.  My real dream is to start a small organic farm but in the meantime while I have to continue working at my 8a-5p office job, my little quarter-acre slice of heaven in Upper Ojai, CA will suffice.

I decided to start this blog to share my highlights and lowlights, successes and failures, and what seems to be a never-ending education.  Hopefully some of the dispatches and info will help you in your homesteading as well, whether it be a few hens or many, container gardens or an acre.  Just because I come from a farming family with deep roots in the county doesn’t mean I know how to do this stuff.  It’s hard and it’s rewarding, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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