This, ladies and gentlemen, is the beautiful future home of our tree orchard, berry orchard, and our garden plot.
It doesn’t look like much, but to us it is a dream come true. A land of possibilities just waiting for us to start working it. We’ve spent a lot of time walking this area, planning it out, drawing it up, and are excited to start our dream.
In this blank canvas we plan on having an apple tree orchard, berry orchard, a small corn field, and large variety of vegetables. We question ourselves daily if we are doing too much, we probably are for our first year, but in the end we want to see what will work and what won’t so a large variety gives us a lot to work with. As we expand further we would like to add various berry bushes, grapes, and refine our crop varieties to our favorites.
On the other side of the field we will build a barn. We’ve discussed cows, rabbits, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, and ducks but we will be going over the discussion figuring out which animals will work best for us. We want to get animals with the intention of using them for meat, eggs, fiber, and milk but cost, health, and time each animal needs will be weighed into the final decision. We will keep you updated as we get further into our dream come true. It will be a lot of work, but so worth it in the end. It is only the beginning!
Darrick and Kay
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.
Spring has sprung…finally!
This winter was a long one. With apple trees in a garbage bin and newly sprouting plants we witnessed over a foot of snow dump onto our nearly melted land.
April 2nd our apple trees came in the mail. Better yet there was so much snow the mailman dropped it off at the bottom of our driveway (which is about 1/4 of a mile long) so I got all bundled up, grabbed a sled, and went to fetch the trees that we hoped hadn’t frozen. It was a month before we could plant anything with hopes that the ground would thaw in time so we called the nursery and asked what to do. They suggested we plant them in a large pot and put them in an unheated basement to keep them dormant.
April 15 we planted tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet peppers, luffa, and eggplant seeds in some little indoor planters. I also got my lavender planted in several small pots.
The next week we had planned to leave on vacation so we figured out how to rig up a self watering planter for the lavender.
During our vacation we all came down with a cold and came home early. Kay made some pine needle tea (packed with vitamin C) and a few other cold recipes she threw together. We will get a post on those too so you can check them out.
Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.
Hello everyone and welcome to our blog!
Our story starts as two city folks dreaming of more than city traffic and green lawns that don’t grow anything but weeds. God knew our dreams and set in His ways to bring us together. After getting married, we bought our dream property with some land in the upper midwest, and started our little family. We are Darrick and Kay: City Folk Goin’ Country.
We are strong believers in God and in all aspects of our lives pray for His will for us. He has given us many blessings, including but not limited to, our children, home, family and friends that love and support us in every crazy adventure we choose to take on!
We have two wonderful children: Bee who is eight, and Jr. who is, at the time of this post, six months old. We homeschool and love the family time we get together everyday.
We both have many hobbies, and many more we are looking to learn. We both love gardening, being outside, hiking, and swimming. Kay loves doing various crafts like crochet, sewing, cooking, cleaning, planning and organizing. Darrick loves everything to do with hunting, fishing, and has a great love of big trees (we have several on our land we can feature in a future post). We are interested in learning more about self-sustainable living, financial freedom, and giving more to God through missionaries and raising our children to do the same.
Our future garden and orchard
Our goal of this blog is to connect with other homesteaders, to learn from those who’ve gone before us, and someday teach those who dream of homesteading too. It is also a way to connect to family and for us to be able to go back and see our family and dreams grow and take fruit (no pun intended, maybe).
Thank you for joining us on this journey,
Darrick and Kay
This month shall be into you the beginning of months, it shall be the first month of the year to you.