Who am I?

Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Friend, Mentor, Student. Teacher, Farmer, Animal lover, Cook, Baker, Butcher, Canner, unoffical Vet Tech,  Animal Mid-Wife, Nurse, Giver, Housekeeper, Camper, Hiker, Gardener,  Hunter, Fisher, Mushroom Hunter, Wild Crafter, Soap Maker, Dairy Maid, Cheese Maker, Permaculture Gardener, Keeper of a Food Forest, Tanner of hides/pelts, Maker of Leather, Leather Worker, Rider, Horse Trainer, Teamster,   Prepper, Driver, Traveler, Handler, Groomer, Herblist, Knitter, Shepard,  Naturalist,  Reiki Master, Live Roll Player, Book Lover, Writer, Artist, Painter, Crafter, Photographer Blogger,

36 Responses to Who am I?

  1. Candace says:

    Hello! I’ve just stumbled upon your blog and love it. It appears you are living the life that I want to live. I’m going to read some more and follow along with you. I have soooo much to learn and you are inspiring me. Thank you so much! Candace

  2. marlene says:

    Hi, been reading all the things you are doing my goodness girl you are busy.your recipe are great Keep up the good work Marlene

  3. christina says:

    I have just found you and have been browsing thru all your different pages and am just so impressed. I have only just begun to grow vegetables and plan to do canning this year. I was thinking of getting some chickens and either a goat or a sheep but not sure the difference (which is more practical). I love goats cheese and would love to experiment on different flavors adding fruits. How long are you living the dream? I live on a mountain top so my growing season is short and the snow seems to go on forever but I have a greenhouse to start forcing early seedlings. Any suggestions for a beginner???

    • Currently we are coming up on year seven on our farm, suggestions, spend the time looking at your seed catalogs and buy seeds for plants that are meant for your zone, start small, better to have a few amazing crops and learn how to process them and use them though the winter, then go to big your first year and then become overwhelmed and feel like it was not worth the time and effort.

      Learn to grow your calorie stars and good keepers, examples, Potato’s, Winter Sqaush, Beans, both eating and drying beans for winter use, and tomato’s, rubarb and horseradish. Then you have your really easy to grow summer eating, pea’s, strawberries, fresh greens, mixed greens, kale etc.

      As for the goat or sheep, it depends on what your goals are and which meat you perfer as you can’t keep all the offspring, and what is the point of raising a youngin in the most humane, healthy way and then sell him or her and then taking that money to go buy factory farmed meat at the store.

      The milk is quite different, sheep milk has a very high fat content and makes great yogurt, Kifer, and cheese and can be used in cooking, baking, puddings etc, but not good for drinking milk, Goat is better (with the right breed) for drinking but they have less fat content, so it takes more milk to make the above..

      My best thought on goat is try and get a freshened girl and taste your milk, and make sure you like it, I once spent a good amount of funds on a lovely goat, but hated her milk, and if you don’t like the taste of the fresh milk, you will not like the stronger taste of it in the milk products.

      Welcome to the site and look forward to hearing from you in the future.

  4. Meghan says:

    I’m so happy to have stumbled across your blog! I am a Canadian currently living in South Dakota, and a lot of your posts remind me of home. I just made a small batch of your rhubarb-spruce tip jam this morning and absolutely love it!!

    Looking forward to more,


  5. Emma says:

    I wonder what area you live in? Canada or US? If US, what state? I am in PA, USA, and am always looking for more friends who think like you & I. I love your rational blog! It is much better than my blog would be, if I had one:)

  6. Hey there, can you click on my link or email me please. I need to pass on some info in regards to a conversation we had on the Svlblog. Thanks.
    I can not figure out your setup to send a private email! sorry.
    ps love your blog and you have so much going for you, I am proud of you and your accomplishments and have never met you in person.

  7. Hey, I don’t remember ever seeing this before. Awesome description!😀 From what I’ve got to know, you’re all of that and more.

  8. Susannah says:

    Farmgal – awesome site….I’ve bookmarked it now so that I can (try really hard) to keep up!

  9. oceannah says:

    I’ve nominated your blog for the Kreativ Blogger Award. I think you are indeed very creative AND very organized:) Pass by the homestead to collect the award if you like.


  10. Ulla says:

    Hi I’m Mel’s Mom. Great site and I have enjoyed reading it. I don’t know where you find the time to do all of this and keep the blog going as well. I look forward to reading more.


  11. So are you saying someone else does your laundry or does fall under housekeeping.?:)

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  13. Lynda says:

    I look forward to learning much from you. :)

  14. Karen says:

    I was searching the web to see if there is a farm in my area (Uxbridge, ON) where I could pick elderflowers to make a syrup and saw your blog, which even has a recipe for it. We used to make it every year when we lived in Austria and our kids miss it. Do you know of anything in my area?

  15. Thanks so much for all your great help through comments on my site! I can learn a lot from you and appreciate your expertise.

  16. thesnowwoman says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog, and signing up. I hope you like it! I am just looking at yours, looks very interesting, I am very interested in farming and homesteading. I am looking forward to reading your posts.

  17. Anitra says:

    You are amazing and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your experiences and your knowledge.

  18. Claire says:

    ” living my dream life on the farm” is exactly what my partner and I are working towards right now, and this blog is so wonderful to get tips and inspiration from a realist like yourself. Thank you

  19. Monie says:

    Just love your blog! ♥♥♥ Can’t wait to read more!

  20. Steph says:

    Sounds like you are in my neck of the woods (I’m near Truro). Thought those weather forecasts sounded familiar! I’ve been following you blog for a while. Love it. Glad to know we have people like you around:)

  21. Hi Marlene, I just read your comment on The Kitchen’s Garden about waiting for a ewe to lamb so you would have milk. I have four ewes in lamb, and would love to try making yogurt and cheese from their milk. I look forward to checking out your posts, and learning more!

  22. Rohit says:

    Hi there… am from India.. read your blog on making paper from dung… did you finally try making pots from dung? do let me know how they came out… would appreciate guidance on the basic steps.. regards Rohit

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