We hear from people who want to move in the direction of raising or growing their own food. People are concerned with what is happening to our food supply and the availability as well as affordability of healthy foods. Some say we are living their dream, but they could never do what we do. Others tell us how they grew up in the city and are totally unfamiliar with this life style. Others live in an apartment and can’t do what we do. We are here to tell you it is possible. First of all we would encourage you to pray and ask God what He has for you. Then we would tell you to start to dream. Write down those dreams and desires. Then make smaller goals that you can start on right now. You will see from below that neither of us grew up on a farm. We were city slickers through and through. :) We have moved in this direction a step at a time. If you are in an apartment, can you grow a small herb garden in a sunny window sill? If you own a house in the city or the suburbs, can you start a small garden plot and grow a couple of tomato plants and maybe some peppers? Do you have a patio? You can grow a lot of plants in pots. Feel free to look around our site. If you have questions or there is something else you would like to know, don’t hesitate to let us know!
We are Mike and Marci Blubaugh, farmers in training!! Having both grown up in the suburbs, our farm journey has been one of discovery, trial and error, and memorable moments.
While reading the Bible one day, a couple of verses seemed to speak to our hearts.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
The picture that came to our mind was a peaceful farm setting with goats, chickens and other animals. We both love the mountains, so in our minds, the ideal farm had a mountain setting complete with a log home. Everything was neat and orderly and ran like clockwork. There was a large, well laid out garden that would produce enough food to fill our pantry, freezer and root cellar. Of course it was entirely weed free. :) We were already grinding wheat to make our bread, making soap and canning. We would add to these skills others such as cheese making, butter churning, candle making and spinning.
Many of the things we dreamed of are part of our lives, but the ideal and the reality are miles apart from each other. Our journey has been character building and we consider ourselves blessed to be able to do what we do.