Heather Colwell

Heather Colwell

Thin Air Farmer

By Heather Colwell

At Thin Air Acres, near Windsor, New York, Heather Colwell and her family live the country life. Heather plans to focus on cooking with her GRIT blog, while covering other topics like quilting, gardening, goats, chickens, crafts, and do-it-yourself projects.

At the moment, she’s spending time preserving this year’s harvest. “My current project is preserving the corn that is ripe in my garden. I have been freezing it and canning it. As, well as grilling it and enjoying it now.’

Her to-do list includes digging potatoes; remodeling her son’s bedroom; finishing haying for the season; cutting, splitting and stacking firewood; and building an addition on their barn.

Heather defines a homesteader as people who try to be as self-sufficient as possible in taking care of their needs.

“My husband and I both grew up in the country,” Heather says. “We bought our first home in a small town and lived there for about seven years. We both yearned to be back in the country where there is room to move and a place for pets and livestock.”

She says she has always had a garden. “Even when I was a child, I took gardening projects in 4-H. And, when we lived in town I had a small spot in the backyard for a few vegetables as well as flowers around the house and yard.” She currently has corn, potatoes, carrots, beets, snow peas, tomatoes and onions in her garden.

The family shares Thin Air Acres with a number of critters: Boer goats: Dopey, Jack, Chilly, Willy, Crystal, Jerry Lee, April, Maggie, Petunia, Violet, Felix, Oscar and Radar; dairy goats (a mix of Sanaan and Nubian): Trudie, Ruby, Lucille and Delilah; chickens: a Buff Orpington rooster named China, six Red Sexlink and three Leghorn hens all named Henny Penny; a female Beagle named Snoopy; a male mutt from the pound named Buck; and a gray tiger cat named Steve.

Heather’s country skills include canning, quilting, crafts, baking, cooking, gardening and animal husbandry

And her philosophy of country life?

Live simply. Enjoy the beauty around you and take care of your chunk of earth.”