Farm Life

Homestead Goal: Simplify

January 7, 2018 Janelle Farm Life

Goal on the homestead: Simplify

At the beginning of every year we make goals that we like to accomplish for the coming year.  Projects to start or complete, financial goals, adding animals, selling animals and so forth.  This year we have a resounding theme: simplify. When we started our farm, we wanted to try it all.  Do all the things!  […]


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Reality of Homesteading

July 31, 2017 Janelle Farm LifeHomesteading

The reality of homesteading

  As I was milking our Jersey, Spark, the other evening, I was thinking about how this was what I dreamed about for years.  Living off the land, growing our food and getting milk from our own cow.  Life is good!  And then Spark swatted me in the face with her tail. Everyone glosses over […]


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Chores with a Toddler

January 14, 2017 Janelle Farm Life

Farm chores with toddler

When our third child was born, I was determined to get back to my normal routine of caring for animals and gardening as soon as I could.  Being outside is my happy place.  I was able to get my chores and gardening done with my baby by babywearing.  I wore my baby every day for […]


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Eating Well in Rural America

October 29, 2016 Janelle Farm Life

** This post contains affiliate links. **   Eating real food with real ingredients is a priority for our family.  Before we moved to the Ozarks, we lived outside a large city where organic produce and meat was not hard to find. The prices were reasonable since there was a demand for organic food. We […]


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The House Design

August 5, 2016 Travis Farm LifeOff gridPermacultureStraw Bale Building

House design using permaculture principles

We have spent about 2 years on our farm now and have gotten to the point where we are ready to build a house.  It took about that long to get a feel for the best siting and to get various other prerequisite projects completed, such as a barn to store the straw bales.  This […]


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Surviving Summer

July 24, 2016 Janelle Farm Life

The heat of summer is upon us!  It’s the time of year when many people retreat into their air conditioned homes to keep cool and comfortable.  But what would you do if you didn’t have air conditioning? When we lived in Colorado, we did not have air conditioning.  Sure, it got hot during the day, […]


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Farming: A Career Change

May 24, 2016 Travis Farm LifeHomesteadingMoving

A conventional job is often described as comfortable, stable, or secure.  Whether or not that is actually accurate, it can certainly feel that way.  However, humans tend to be rather illogical about things and that perceived security may not be as secure as it feels.  Regardless, comfortable easily describes many jobs.  Routine and known things […]


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Getting started without permanent fencing

April 12, 2016 Janelle AnimalsFarm LifeHomesteading

When we purchased our farm in the summer of 2014, we knew we had a lot of work ahead of us.  Our farm had a lot of barns, most in disrepair.  The fencing wasn’t much better.  There was a lot of barbed wire, some of it was in good shape but most of the fence […]


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The Chicken Coop: “Coop Deville”

January 7, 2016 Janelle AnimalsFarm LifeHomesteading

When we moved to Missouri we had to leave our mobile chicken coop, “The Eggmobile” (a la Joel Salatin) behind.   Travis had designed and built that coop, but it was just too big to move from Colorado to Missouri.  We sold the chicken coop to a good friend and decided to build another coop similar […]


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Goats Gone Wild!

November 13, 2015 Janelle AnimalsFarm Life

  We have been using electric fencing to keep our Kiko goats in all spring and summer, moving them at least once a week or more often to make sure they have plenty of food to eat.  We don’t have goat proof perimeter fencing, some areas have no fencing at all.  We are working to […]


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