A New Journey


| 8/15/2013 10:00:00 AM


Tags: Hobby Farming, Chickens, Eggs, Horses, Jenna Tyger,

Jenna TygerLate July in Ohio and green grass still covers my yard and pasture from rain. The rain has made the vegetables grow nicely in the garden, and we enjoy them daily. The horses stay in the shade of the barn to avoid the heat. Ducks and geese find sources of water to cool off, and chickens and guinea fowl find any shade they can.

If you pull into my driveway and explore my property, these are the sights you’ll see. I’m Jenna, and my husband, Chris, and I own eight acres of property outside of a small town in Ohio. For now, we hobby farm – that is, we don’t strive to make money from our farm, but keep animals and grow a garden mostly for our own enjoyment. However, in the future, we look forward to becoming more self-sustaining.

Jenna and Chris
Jenna and Chris

We decided to make a lifestyle change a few years ago. At the time, we lived in a house on a small lot in a small town. After buying a horse and boarding her for a year or so, we knew a change inevitable. This began our journey into hobby farming. What started as a way to possibly save money and make our horse more convenient to us, turned into much more. First we found a pasture pal pony for our horse, and then we began acquiring all kinds of birds - chickens, guinea fowl, geese and ducks. We also brought more animals into our home - parrots, dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs. With these different types of animals with their different personalities and needs, our lives sometimes feel chaotic. But, at the end of the day, we love our lives.

My horse, Cricket
My horse, Cricket

Our chickens
Our chickens

jennatyger
9/21/2013 7:13:29 PM

Hi NebraskaDave! Sorry it took so long for me to answer; just getting the hang of this. I've enjoyed reading the last few posts of your blog (sorry about your fence!). Thanks for reading!


nebraskadave
8/22/2013 10:59:27 PM

Jenna, Welcome to the GRIT blogging community. Homesteading is definitely a journey and most times starts with being a hobby and progresses into more independence. It looks like you are on the way to becoming more self sufficient. I'm looking forward to reading about your journey. Have a great homestead day.


nebraskadave
8/22/2013 10:59:24 PM

Jenna, Welcome to the GRIT blogging community. Homesteading is definitely a journey and most times starts with being a hobby and progresses into more independence. It looks like you are on the way to becoming more self sufficient. I'm looking forward to reading about your journey. Have a great homestead day.





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