Getting Ready For Plaster

July 30, 2016 Janelle Straw Bale BuildingUpdate

**This post contains affiliate links.** We’re still working on our straw bale guest cabin.  As you probably know, things don’t always go according to plan or go as quickly as you’d like them to go.  The bales were stacked and ready for the welded wire in December.  Winter is very mild here in southern Missouri, […]


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Straw Bale Cabin Update

December 17, 2015 Janelle Straw Bale BuildingUpdate

As you may know, we are building a small straw bale guest cabin as a trial run before building our straw bale house.  The original plan was to get our house weathered in before winter.  Between the weather, other jobs requiring attention on the homestead and life in general, we’re still working on the guest […]


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We’re still plugging away!

September 9, 2015 Travis Farm LifeGardenStraw Bale BuildingUpdate

Busy, busy, busy!  Whew, it has been quite a summer so far.  Sorry for the lack of updates.  We have had our heads down working and writing after a long, hot day hasn’t been our priority, I’m afraid.  So, what have we been up to?  Hmm, let’s see… Re-roofing: we finally decided to re-roof the […]



Spring Update

June 1, 2015 Janelle Farm LifeUpdate

Spring is a busy time of year on the homestead.  It’s time to start the outdoor projects that have been dreamed up all winter long.  This is the first spring on our homestead, which means a long to-do list.   Here’s what we’ve been up to lately. The Missouri Department of Conservation has a program where […]


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What we’ve been up to

November 16, 2014 Janelle Update

It’s been a beautiful fall here in the Ozarks.  Our first frost came on Halloween night, but we’ve still have had lots of beautiful, sunny days.  The last few days have been chilly and snow is predicted for tomorrow, a good reminder that winter is on it’s way! So what have we been up to?   […]



Why would you quit your job and move to MO?

July 3, 2014 Travis Update

Numerous people have asked “why on earth would you leave your stable office job that pays well”?  Well… some things are hard to explain.  My best explanation is either mid-life crisis or temporary insanity.  Seriously though, it is really quite hard to explain and sometimes I’m not sure that we even really understand, but we […]



Why MO?

June 10, 2014 Travis Update

People often ask us “why Missouri” or even more specifically, “why Ava, MO”?  This is something we’ve given a tremendous amount of thought to, but isn’t always easy to answer on the spot.  Here are some of our motivations: Why Ava, MO? – Water availability and water laws – At least in this part of […]



What are you doing?

June 1, 2014 Travis Update

One question that we get asked a lot is “so, what are you going to do here?”  On the surface, this seems like a simple enough question, but I often find myself struggling to answer it.  To a large extent, this is because “what we want to do” doesn’t fit any of the typical farming […]



What is the homestead in the holler?

April 18, 2014 Travis Update

Some have asked, “what is the homestead in the holler”?  “What is a holler?”  Well, holler is the hillbilly way of saying “hollow”, a valley or ravine as northerners would say.  We decided that we really liked the sound of the word.  The new site of Mountain Acres Farm is in a hollow (holler), south […]



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