A Laid-Back Chilean Backyard Farm

| 6/3/2010 3:03:43 PM

A-photo-of-Evan-Blake-WelchGRIT Guest Blogger Evan Blake Welch hails from Louisville, Colorado. He’s interning at GRIT this summer with plans to attend college at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, in the fall. A young, promising genius, he’s yet to decide on his major.

Life in my 19 years of existence had been the prescribed suburban Walmart and IHOP cookie-cutter neighborhood experience. I grew up in the same generic town as many Americans. Occasional field-trips to my uncle’s hobby farm was as far as my farming experience went. I knew I wanted a life closer to nature, and frankly I wanted to know where my food came from. A trip to Chile seemed like a perfect opportunity to step out of the mold and live off grid.

Horses, corn, barns and irrigation ditch in Chile

Situated in the foothills of the vast Andes 60 miles south of Santiago, Chile, sat the Acevedo compound. A backdrop of vast vineyards, palm trees, and happy residents was the norm in the suburb called Buin. Parakeets, chickens, horses, cows, pigs, and wandering dogs could be heard from any vantage at my new home.

Calves on a backyard farm in Chile

Corn, tomatoes, squash, and onions were grown there, and potatoes supplemented income for a seemingly lazy but satisfying lifestyle.

Rodeo Princess
7/3/2010 6:16:10 AM

Cool trip! What a great experience for you! Heck you should tell your hosts that they could make some extra income (if they wanted it) letting people like me come down and stay for a week or so.

Bill White
6/8/2010 6:26:06 PM

Evan, Quite an experience! You would be hard-pressed to find this closer to home. BTW this is Mr. White responding to your blog. Met your Dad this a.m. and it was great to hear of your adventures. Good luck in your future at Ft. Lewis! You wouldn't believe the NEW Louisville Elementary. Best always, Bill White

S.M.R. Saia
6/5/2010 5:06:57 AM

Evan, thanks for the description and amazing photo tour of your trip. It sounds wonderful. I've found that pulling weeds in my own garden is infinitely more satisfying than anything that I do outside of my own home for a paycheck. I look forward to reading more from you.

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