A Little Faith Farms




 

Owner Julie Redeye

Brandied Cherries
Brandied Cherries

A Little Faith Farms was born from years of day-dreaming, reading, and small scale urban homesteading trial and error. My day-dreaming came to a halt in 2013 when a botched hysterectomy left me with a tube in my kidney, in bed, and unable to work for half of the year. I had spent my entire adulthood trying to make enough money to buy the land I needed to be “happy”, but like countless others was stuck in just surviving and never realizing my dream. I came as close as possible with my four gangsta city chickens, a small garden, and lots of research into alternative ways to do things. I canned, made soap, laundry soap, cooked all our food, but without more land there was not much left I felt I could do. While recovering in bed it finally became quiet enough to hear the little voice in my head. “This isnt even where you want to be,” it whispered. “You are almost 40,” I heard. “Are you a happy urban homesteader?” it asked. That voice followed me everywhere I went.

I love making soap. It's very good for my skin.
I love making soap. It’s very good for my skin.

I spent the better part of the winter with my thermostat set to prevent the pipes from freezing and lived within range of a space heater. This is when I realized my 1200 sq foot home was give or take 1000 sq feet bigger than I needed to live. “How many hours a week do you work to pay for the 9 sq feet holding the shelves with 75 books you haven’t touched since buying a kindle?” the voice taunted. “Never mind the real estate holding your books, turn around this room and how much does it cost you to keep all of this furniture you haven’t used in half a year, and only rarely normally?” the voice became insistent. “This is the house your ex wanted even! You aren’t supposed to be here!!!!” It proclaimed.

My tiny house
My tiny house

In hindsight I am extremely grateful for this medical crisis, it provided me with an opportunity to stop. Completely stop and think my way out of the box. I realized the things I wanted I could have now, I just had to change how I talked to myself about things. I left my home with my son and his girlfriend, I loaded only my personal belongings and some sentimental items as I moved into a 5th wheel camper. When I moved into the camper I had no clue what the long term plan was, only that I felt a desperate desire to jump, flee– right now before I was sucked back into my old life.

In addition to the goats a greenhouse was first order of business on the homestead. We built this one ourselves.
In addition to the goats a greenhouse was first order of business on the homestead. We built this one ourselves.

I parked the camper at my Mother’s house as she has land she cannot care for alone, and I have a desire to take care of land I don’t have. Wow that was really simple wasn’t it. Life is about timing, and the timing was right. What I had to give up was this sense of of having “earned” it all on my own, but what I found was the reason people used to work together and share resources……everyone benefits. It’s in this spirit of gaining and sharing wisdom that I created this Blog.

We started with five young goats.
We started with five young goats.

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Now, I have a small herd of dairy goats I am just beginning to milk, a greenhouse I brought to life in February with minimal electricity, baby geese and several more much more civil, non-gansta chickens. I am doing this and documenting my leap, both for myself and to encourage others to think outside their box to solve their problems and show that it can be done if you are brave enough to try.

The resources I have to share are my time and knowledge and I dearly hope others have some to share with me as well. Thanks for reading my first Blog and welcome to A Little Faith Farms.

Penny's Babies, Rocky and April
Penny’s Babies, Rocky and April