Documenting Life’s Stories

Jar of Grasshoppers

Shovel Divider 2

Our professional work deals a lot with documentary and commercial production. However, this blog will mostly serve as a way to document the biggest production of our lives so far: Transforming 20-acres of completely raw, wooded land into our homestead. All while living in a vintage Airstream Trailer.

Suitable Digs!

Suitable Digs

This past weekend, Stefanie and I visited one of our favorite camping sites in Santa Fe. It was really the first vacation we'd taken by ourselves since Oliver was born. On top of it being another great camping trip, we ended our stay in Santa Fe at a place called Suitable Digs. Or as I like to think of, Inspiration Central.   Suitable Digs is a group of unique green vacation lodgings located on a lovely piece of land just 10 minutes from the downtown Plaza. We...

Property Survey-2

Survey Says…

There’s something to be said for paying attention to detail. When we first purchased our twenty acres, we were given a survey that had been done in 2007. We briefly looked it over and filed it away with our deed. We’ve since based our development decisions around the fact that there was a private drive to the south of the property that we did not want to disturb. After all, it was somebody’s private drive that had been there since 1982, and the last thing...

Goat

Ticks & Ivy

While attending college for Biology over a decade ago I recall taking a field trip with my entomology class to OSU in Stillwater to look at their insect collection, but while we were there we learned a lot about those bloodsucking little arachnids—ticks. Ticks have an amazing array of biological mechanisms that they employ in order to perpetuate their horrible existence. As you can tell, I have a major distaste for these critters as I do most anything that wants to feed on me i.e....

Badass

Movin’ Twos!

“Movin twos” is not a real phrase. Though I thought it was for years, it was actually just a term used by my friend Matt Brown during the recording of his album, “Rainbow Around the Sun.” I’d heard Matt say it, and for some reason I thought it was a term that meant “making progress.” I’ve been using “Movin’ twos” in that context for years, and only recently was it revealed to me that it has absolutely no meaning, and that Matt made it up....

Flow

Liquid Gold!

We're a touch late in writing the blog this week, but we had a big weekend! We harvested honey! We’ve been waiting so patiently to harvest from our two bee hives since we acquired them in May of 2014, but had waited until now in order to let the bees build strong colonies. We’d also been supplementing their food source with sugar water with various additives (all natural plants and oils and all kinds of good stuff for bees), which doesn’t really make for honey....

Permaculture Books

Hügelkultur!

As determined as we are to get on our land, we are just as determined to treat the resources of the land with respect. This has been a big topic lately as we have 18 or more rather large piles of trees on the property. These trees are a result of having 2 acres of the property cleared last month. Beau and I were all set to have these piles burned, as it is a much quicker and cheaper process than many of the alternatives....

Beau and Oliver Loo

The Loveable Loo

Back in 2008, Stefanie made her first documentary film entitled “Food for Thought.” It really is quite good, and I recommend you check it out on our project page. It’s about local food as an alternative to the global food system. The film begins with various introductions to the cast of characters, one of those characters being Ron Ferrell, now one of our dear friends. It was making this film that Stefanie first met Ron, and he opens with a great line about how he poops...