Julie Baldwin, of Sweet Summer Farm, writes about the joys and challenges of running a small family farm and cooking enough to feed the whole family. Currently, spring planting is in full swing, and a variety of other projects are waiting in the wings. Julie plans to begin beekeeping, get goats and create an orchard, all with the goal of making the farm more self-sufficient.
Julie and her family moved to the country to create an organic and self-sufficient farm, where they immediately planted a garden and acquired seven silver-laced Wyandotte hens to begin their homesteading journey.
Snow peas, garlic, raspberries, blueberries, Swiss chard, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, peanuts, peppers, and a variety of herbs fill the garden, and Julie considers gardening one of her strongest country skills. She also keeps chickens, cans and cooks, and is learning about goat keeping for the future.
Julie defines homesteaders as people who cares for their farm as much as their farm cares for them, and her philosophy on country life is clear and simple. “It is important to be a part of the community. Being a good steward of the land will be returned to you. A well-kept farm will provide your family for generations.”
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