Year In Review

Year In Review

This past Thanksgiving I wrote a blog entry about how important it is to think of the positive rather than the negative. I had been in a sour mood because everything has been taking so long, but ultimately I came to the realization that everything was ok. Everything will fall into place eventually. Not until looking through our website’s photo database did I realize, “Oh yeah, we actually have done a lot this past year.” So here is a brief year in review for 2015.


Firstly, we bought some land! 20 acres of it! This is something we’d always talked about, but it was probably something we’d just keep talking about if it hadn’t been for a little catalyst. So yeah, we bought 20 acres to begin the journey to the next chapter of our lives! Then we bought an Airstream trailer! That’s pretty cool, right? Dori is her name, and we love her. We better. We’re going to be living in her for a few years while we build our house. Speaking of our house, we also went to Austin over the summer and helped build a house! Not too often one can spend a week building a house! A straw bale house at that. And what’s more, we decided we still want to build one for ourselves! We also bought an old Chevy pickup to serve as our farm truck and the mascot for our farm, The Twenty! We also had a super cool solar energy array designed for us so that we’ll be sure to have (hopefully) plenty of power to serve our needs when we get out there.


But we did more than just spend money every time we turned around. We also made a bunch of stuff! Oliver and I built a pooper, we harvested honey for the first time, picked sand plums and made jelly, and managed to plant hundreds of heads of cloves of garlic! The garlic planting marks the first official crop planted at The Twenty. So we’re technically farmers now.


So while it seemed like we hadn’t done a lot this past year, and things weren’t exactly happening as I’d hoped, we really did end up getting a lot done in 2015. And 2016 is already looking productive. Stefanie has created her first flavors of delicious lip balm, and I’ve begun the process of mushroom cultivation. This time next year I’m sure we’ll be writing of our lip balm empire among our mushroom kingdom!


In the meantime, check out the new Etsy store Stefanie setup for our lip balm. And if you’re local to the OKC area, just shoot us a message to avoid dealing with Etsy and shipping charges. Thanks for coming along with us so far.

Beau Leland

Beau Leland is a video editor working in Oklahoma City. He has worked with his wife, Stefanie Leland, on various documentary projects, and now focuses much of his energy on developing their 20-acres into an organic farmstead.

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  • Debbie Leland

    Folks can also pick up the fabulous lip balm at The Prairie Gypsies.

    January 15, 2016 at 8:06 PM

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