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In May 2011, we moved from the city to 20 wooded acres in the middle of nowhere. We had a desire to grow our own food and get back to a simpler way of living, and city life just wasn't cutting it. We finally took the plunge and haven't looked back.

We started this blog as a way to chronicle our path to self-sufficiency and show others how great homesteading can be. If you are living in the city dreaming of a home in the country, we hope you can get some inspiration from us to go for it and live the life you've imagined!

We love just being together on our homestead and are happiest exploring the woods, working on the house, tending to the garden, collecting eggs from our chickens and guineas, and playing with our many animals.

Feel free to contact us at tdbarani@yahoo.com if you have any questions or need advice on how to get started on your homestead.

If you like the photos you see here on the blog, please visit our Etsy shop here to order prints!


~Tammy and David

22 comments:

  1. I've had a great time looking back through a lot of your posts! Very inspirational, beautiful, and fun! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Awww, thanks so much, Christine! I'm so happy you enjoy the blog!

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  2. Thanks for visiting my blog Tammy. Your dog is ADORABLE!

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    1. Sure thing! We think Duchess is adorable as well :)

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  3. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your very kind comment. I hope you will visit often. I just signed on to follow your blog and please feel free to do the same. Your blog is very sweet and my kind of living.

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  4. Hey guys! I found your site through Backyard Farming Connection and it seems that our stories and farms have a lot similarities. Me and my boyfriend moved from the city to Jefferson County, MO in 2011 to start homesteading and farming. It's so great to see another young couple transitioning from the city to the county and starting homesteading. It's one of the best decisions we've ever made. Your farm and blog look great, can't wait to read more posts in the future! -Autumn

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  5. I've had a country soul all my life, and I finally made it out of the city! Love your blog and following your adventures. <3

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  6. My husband and I recently moved from the city to an acre and a half and I have recently decided...we need more room!! Hoping to move "way out into the country" sometime in the not-so-distant future! :)

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  7. Don't you feel so incredibly happy (and very rich) since you moved to the country? I find living in the country in northern B.C., Canada that we don't have much money but life is so good. Waking up each morning to the quietness, working in the woods, cutting trees for our wood furnace, being out in the fresh air every day, There is nothing like living in the country. You either love it madly!!!! or you hate it.

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    1. You said it perfectly, Heather! We feel so very happy out here in the woods. We wouldn't have it any other way :)

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  8. Sonja sent me over and I'm glad she did. You have a beautiful space on the web, here. May you prosper where you have planted.

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol! I'm glad you came over from Sonja's site. I appreciate the sweet comment :)

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  9. Tammy, here is the post I was telling you about, featuring your chicken photos: http://hmmmholly.blogspot.com/2013/03/journey-to-discovering-my-purpose-in.html

    Thank you so much for allowing me to share them on my blog!

    Holly

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  10. Tammy and David, so good to know about you through your profile on the blogger. I am glad to stop by your blog and the recent post on it. Great to know that you have moved in to 20 acres of wood. Life in the beauty of creation of God must be most peaceful and enjoyale reminding you of the Creator. Well let me introduce myself to you. I am in the Pastoral ministry for last 33 yrs inthe great city of Mumbai, India a with with great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reach out tho them with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted and to give them new life, hope, purpose and future. We also encourage young people as well as adults from the West to come on a short term missions trip to work with us in the slums of Mumbai. We would love to have you come for a short term missions trip to work with us. I would love to visit you during my stay in States in the month of JUNE/July 2013. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede

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  11. Great blog and beautiful pictures! Glad to have found you and look forward to seeing more.

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  12. My husband and I are feeling the call to leave the city too--mind if I ask how you manage it? Do you commute? Did you leave jobs in the city and no live more frugally? We are struggling with how to have our life in the country and pay for it too! :)

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    1. Hi Mickie! I totally understand where you are right now. We were in your same position just a few short years ago. How we make it work is by commuting. We still have the same jobs as before we moved, I just have to drive more (David's drive is about the same). We spend so much money on gas, but we have made trade-offs in other areas. For example, we don't spend much on entertainment like going to the movies - instead we spend time in our garden or playing with our animals! And we are trying to grow as much of our food as possible to cut back on grocery expenses. We are making it work and you can, too! Feel free to email me at tdbarani@yahoo.com if you have any other questions and I can shoot you an email in reply :)

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  13. Great site, very enjoyable reading.

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    1. Thank you so much, Wade! We're glad you stopped by :)

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  14. HI I am a Senior in Highschool and I am trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. I don't know anyone that I can interview to get a better grasp on what I want to do, so a friend suggested I connect with some bloggers. So that's where this is coming from haha. I was just wondering what you actually majored in and what you were doing before you started homesteading. Also, how is it that you are making your living now? Thanks for your time!

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  15. Hi Tammy!
    I chanced upon your your blog about three weeks ago when I was searching for blogs about raising chickens. Since then I've been reading your past posts. Love them! In two months, my hubby and I will be moving out of the city and will start living our dream of country life in Eastern Ontario Canada. We are both excited and a bit nervous. The property we just bought comes with chickens {this sealed the deal} :-) and I am so glad I found our blog - your tips on raising chickens are very helpful. Thanks for sharing. I'll keep coming back.
    Mei Ann
    http://meiannguerrero.blogspot.ca/

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  16. I am so excited to have found your blog! We are also young homesteaders (starting small..more hobby farming). We have chickens, lambs, and a veggie garden. We also brew our own beer and recently started roasting coffee. I have read a few of your posts and I am excited to keeping following along. I feel like we could learn a lot from you!

    CG
    www.farmbrews.blogspot.com

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