Really. It did.
Back in 2008 when we purchased our homestead, we had no intentions of growing as many vegetables as possible, milking goats, or attempting to raise free-range eggs.
Heck, at that point, we were still eating Cool Whip and “Pasteurized Processed Cheese Product”….
We were just thrilled to find this reasonably priced old farmhouse. It had plenty of outbuildings and 67 acres for our horses to graze.
But then the crazy thoughts started coming…
Well, I guess they didn’t start out too crazy. I was just thinking one day of how we could dispose of our horse manure. I knew it would pile up and we didn’t have a tractor.
Light bulb moment! Why not start a compost pile? Compost is easier to dispose of than manure, right?
So, I lovingly
nagged asked my skeptical, yet willing, husband to build me some compost bins. (I can’t continue without mentioning that this venture would not have been possible without him! The guy can build anything and everything.)
And then in the process of researching composting methods, I came across some chicken websites.
And then in the process of researching chickens, I came across a whole lot of blogs talking about the health benefits of free-range eggs and raw milk.
Eh, raw milk?
And then in the process of researching raw milk, I found out that it’s illegal to buy in most states, which prompted us to purchase 2 pregnant Nubian goats in April of 2010. (Not to mention that I was 9 months pregnant at the time, but that’s a story for another day…)
And then I became more and more immersed in the world of traditional, real foods. Fortunately, I’ve discovered that real food cooking and homesteading complement each other quite nicely.
I guess you could say that composting was my “gateway drug” into a lifestyle of homesteading. And here we are four years later– doing all sorts of “weird” things that I never thought we would… Milking a cow, butchering our own meat, raising hogs, canning everything in sight, and putting in a big garden every year.
I can’t say that this is the path I intended to take, but now that I’m here, I’m absolutely in love.