Hello first time visitor!
I’m so glad the powers of the internet have landed you on my site. In a world where thousands of blogs are started every day it’s no small miracle that you’ve made it here. And now that I have your attention I’m going to do the best I can to keep it.
I’m Lydia. The INFJ, 4-wing-3 Enneagram type that usually prefers to face the world through a format I can control, like a blog. I’m a vegetable grower, long distance runner and a chicken lover (though my dogs and husband are a very close second). I live for the times I can be outside, whether that be hiking up a mountain, hoeing a row of potatoes, or hammocking under a shade tree with a book I just can’t put down.
A simple three week course my freshman year of college about the perils of the global food system changed the trajectory of my life. As I delved into a deeper understanding of this broken system, I knew with certainty that I wanted to be involved with a restorative food movement. I latched onto the topic of food security with ferocious tenacity and pursued every opportunity to immerse myself in sustainable agriculture.
This has lead me to some unusual places, from backpacking through villages in Northern Thailand to living in a yurt on a ‘beyond organic’ farm in rural Michigan. I even eschewed the responsibility of wedding planning to spend four months WWOOFing on a tropical botanical sanctuary and coffee plantation on the Big Island of Hawaii. (My now-husband can’t be too mad at me- he got a trip to the tropics out of it!)
I’m a free spirit but one special guy was able to tie me down. Ian, (whom I married in August 2015) is even more of an environmentalist than I am and never stops encouraging me to pursue what I love. If I’m the dreamer, he’s the doer, and he provides the stability I need to have the time to pursue creative outlets like this. Together we can make a powerful combination.
And that brings me to the inspiration of this blog. Two weeks after our wedding, we moved to the mountains of West Virginia to become caretakers of a historic Appalachian homestead. We live half an hour away from reliable cell service, on a 450 acre land trust, with two nuns. It’s a unique experience to say the least.
Definitely the first post you should read.
ABOUT THIS BLOG
Maybe I’m an old fashioned blogger, but it seems to me that if you were interested in dry “how to” articles you’d just be checking Google and would skip my site altogether. I can’t compete with every How to Raise Chickens Properly homesteading article on the internet and think it would a little foolish to try. Instead, I will write about what I AM an expert on, which is why this site can give you perspectives of homesteading topics through my voice and from our personal experiences. Want to know about silkie chickens? Raising Meat Rabbits? Baking in an earth oven? I’ve got you covered.
This blog is my baby. It’s my creative outlet and largely experimental. It may change wildly from week to week. Frankly I’m still a little shocked that my readership has ballooned beyond my mother. But readers keep coming so I must be doing something right.
Finally, a one sided conversation is meaningless. Please engage with me: subscribe, comment, maybe share what I write. A paradigm shift of our inept modern food system will take far more than one voice. It’s going to take a community, a national, even global consensus to reject the status quo.
But it’s always going to start with a conversation.