Documenting Life’s Stories

Jar of Grasshoppers

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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.

Pretty lady

Why Did the Chicken…?

I’ve been thinking a lot about the chickens lately and have this dream of a mobile chicken coop, called a chicken tractor, that will house fifty-plus hens. This is my dream coop. It allows you to move your chickens around your entire farm. The idea is that the chickens never run out of food to eat such as fresh grasses and bugs, meanwhile fertilizing the soil as they get rotated around the property. I’ve scoured the internet and library for the best coop for our...

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...

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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....