Kendra's Blog

Hey There Friends!                                                                                                                             1/1/22

We hope you all had a blessed Christmas and happy New Year! As we begin a new year and prepare for a new growing season, I can’t help but look back to how we began this homesteading journey. If you’re interested, keep reading.

I spent a lot of time with my grandparents as I was growing up and they were avid gardeners. They had moved from the country, where both of their families were share croppers and farming was just their normal way of life. As a child I spent every summer helping shell peas, snap beans and shuck corn. We always had more than enough fresh produce to eat, share and put up for the winter. At that time, I never had any desire to follow in those footsteps. 

Louis did not grow up with gardens and the like and had no experience with it so it wasn’t something that we aspired to do. 

Fast forward a few years and Louis and I bought our first house. We planted flowers and had some house plants but still didn’t give much thought to gardening. We were busy raising our girls and working and just didn’t have time. 

In 2006 we bought our current property. It is 5 acres and was almost completely woods when we moved in. We cleared some trees and grew some grass but that was about it. Then one spring I decide to try to grow some vegetable. I started with squash. Easy to grow and something I like to eat. I grew so many squash that I couldn’t give them away. Friends and coworkers were literally saying “we haven’t eaten all of the last ones you gave us”. I was hooked! The next summer I added tomatoes and bell peppers. Then cucumbers and other types of peppers. We have expanded our garden space multiple times over the past few years and are still turning empty spots on the property into various types of garden beds. 

Then came the chickens. There was a chicken craze going on and I wanted to join it. It took me a while, but eventually I convinced Louis and we got 4 chicks from our local feed and seed. Then we got a few more. Then we rescued an orphan turkey chick and he needed friends his size, so we got two more and then, well, chicken math. Then, a few years later, Louis wanted to start raising quails for a sustainable meat source. Then came the rabbits, then the guineas. 

As our homestead has grown, we have become more focused on the goal of raising as much of our own food as possible. We like knowing exactly what our meat sources have been fed and how they are treated. We can be sure that our produce is not being modified or sprayed with toxic chemicals. The homestead lifestyle is something that we are learning and growing in every day. We hope that you will continue to follow us as we go on this journey. Thanks for reading this far. We hope to see you checking out future post. Have a great day and God bless!

Kendra

Lazy Ass Acres