If any of this sounds like you, you too may have have Pasture Deficit Disorder (PDD):
You yearn to be in or near your pasture. Maybe you don’t have a pasture of your own, but you long to hang out with your family and a cast of furry characters and possibly some backyard chickens. You might take great joy from growing food right in your own backyard. Maybe you think you were born in the wrong century and could be transposed right into a Little House on the Prairie book. Or you might crave a simpler (but no one said easy) way of life. You may be someone who derives satisfaction from doing things for yourself – whether it’s a craft, cooking and baking, home repairs or building something. Maybe you’ve made something from scratch and had friends/neighbors/coworkers ask why you did all that work when you can just go to the store and buy it. You wear shorts (or even pajamas!) and boots to do your chores/feeding. Do ALL your animals have names? If you’ve ever worked on a project after dark by head lights, flashlight or a headlamp…well, you might have PDD.
At the end of 2011, we realized our dream of purchasing a small piece of land to develop into our own little homestead! We live with seven furry “kids”: four dogs and four cats, thirty chickens, and four cows and a hive of bees (so far). This website is to help chronicle our (mis)adventures. Pretty quickly after buying our land, we realized we were starting to suffer from PDD anytime we were away from our pasture. Long before we moved into a house there, our pasture was “home”.
We’ve been homesteading for going on five years now, but oh, how much we’ve learned! We’ve built lots of fence, a deluxe accommodations chicken coop, learned to raise chickens, ducks, bees and cows. We are growing more food in our garden each year, preserving our harvests and always learning more about canning and preserving foods. We are cooking/baking for ourselves instead of using store-bought, taking advantage of great deals on foods and preserving those, and building and fixing things ourselves. We are also learning more about nutrition and natural health all the time. And we love sharing our adventures through it all.
So pull up a chair and a cup of coffee and visit for a minute. We’d love hear from you.