Documenting Life’s Stories

Jar of Grasshoppers

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.

Mycelium Running

When I began telling my friends and family that I was going to take a weekend-long mushroom growing class, I got some funny looks. And some suspicious looks. I don’t even like mushrooms. My friend Alan told me it was the most hippie thing I’ve ever done. And I must admit, I kinda thought it was probably going to be the most hippie thing I’ve ever done. I didn’t know what to expect when I showed up to the two and a half day long...

The First Plot

A while back, Stefanie wrote about our super important mission to rescue the garlic from our previous home’s backyard. It was written into the contract when we sold the home that we were to come back and harvest the garlic when it was ready. Through some serious digging and weeding, Stefanie was able to uproot the premature garlic and get it over to our friend Ron’s back yard where he would keep it safe until ready to harvest. When Stefanie finally was able to harvest...

Time to Downsize!

Last week Stefanie and I sent our beloved cat, Sebastian, to Seattle with our equally beloved friend, Richard. Stefanie has had Sebastian since he was a kitten, so it might seem strange to suddenly ship him off to Seattle after 14 years. So why did we do this? It’s simple. Who wants to live in a 28-foot Airstream trailer with a cat…and said cat’s litter box? The answer is nobody. Not even Stefanie, and she’s had Sebastian for 14 years! We had to downsize!   Stefanie and...

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

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...

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...

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....