It seems as though it has been ages since I showed you around the homestead. So today I thought I’d share a peek at the latest updates.

Cold nights have necessitated some hoophouses. These were built of PVC and plastic sheeting – a short term solution we are hoping. The middle bed is the garlic bed. Lettuce, kale, and pea shoots can all be found hidden under cover.

The little man’s own hoophouse.

Also sprouting up is the garlic we planted shortly after we arrived.

Speaking of arrivals… just a few chickens have made their way to the land, courtesy of a generous neighbor.

And this treasure is their new home – an almost-free chicken coop built from mostly salvaged materials. Final cost: ~$20, coming from the chicken wire, a $5 window, screws & nails, and the fuel used to pick up free pallets.

And the most exciting news of all is this beauty, found in the egg drawers just this afternoon. The first animal product ever to be harvested by our family.

We continue to be amazed at this process and all of the lessons and treasures it brings.


13 Responses to From Around the Homestead

  1. Linda says:

    How exciting for you! It looks like things are going well. Keep posting.


  2. Lora says:

    Thank you for the update. I’ve been wondering how your transition is progressing.


  3. Kathi Harju says:

    I’m so impressed and inspired by all of you!


  4. Hello – I have recently discovered your blog, and am enjoying your Winter cookbook. It is so exciting to see you build your new lives. We are also new homesteaders – or, rather, crofters – living in a very different environment from yourselves.
    Best wishes


  5. Laurie says:

    Talk about resourceful! I love that you are making positive progression in your new journey. Who got to eat the first harvest? I can only imagine how special that was :) .

    Hope to see many more posts like this. Hope that you are keeping a journal. I’d love to see an e book in the future about your journey..


  6. Martha says:

    Thanks for the the update!


  7. Jennifer says:

    I love your update! That’s one meaty egg! Hope ya’ll enjoy many more!


  8. Faith says:

    Merry Christmas to the little family in their house on the prairie of Texas. There are hundreds of us out here praying for you and wishing you the very best.


  9. Tiffany says:

    Wow, everything looks great. And the background scenery is lovely. Congratulations!


  10. Samantha says:

    I love that the eggs come from a drawer:)


  11. Cynthia says:

    We are keeping up with your journey and gratefully learning so much. Also frequenting Mr Bunker’s blog. Loving all of it.
    Miss you Sweetie…..hugs to all.


  12. Cathy says:

    Looks like things are progressing well. Beautiful hen, by the way, is she a Buff Orpington? I really enjoy these kinds of posts.


    Shannon Reply:

    Cathy – Those are buff orpingtons! Prettiest chickens I’ve ever seen.


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