Welcome to our blog! We are a homeschooling, homesteading family of four who, in spite of living in the middle of St. Petersburg, Florida with 250,000 of our "closest" friends, has tried to turn our little piece of urban America into our very own Little Farm in the Big City. Although we are surrounded by hustle and bustle and noise, we try to live simple lives raising chickens and rabbits, growing our own groceries, and dedicating each day to the Lord and following His lead.
The whole family is involved in running the homestead. Tom, the dad, and twelve-year-old Jared design and build the chicken coops, rabbit hutches, canning jar crates, beer and wine bottle crates, and just about anything else that needs building as well as growing chemical-free herbs and vegetables for the family table. Betty, the mom and main blog poster, and teenager Colleen spend a fair share of their time gardening, tending animals, and putting up jars of the season’s harvest. The kitchen gets a pretty heavy workout from bread baking, canning, freezing, dehydrating, winemaking, beer making, and soap making. The house seems in constant motion since there is always some interesting project in the works.
One of the most important lessons we’ve learned along the way is that living in the city doesn’t have to mean giving up the idea of fresh eggs in the morning and colorful jars of jams and jellies in the pantry. City folk can enjoy the simplicity and wholesomeness of country life, too. We just do it a little differently.
Feel free to stop by anytime. However, please remember our one very important house rule: If you're coming to visit us, come anytime to check out our family’s many adventures and mis-adventures, urban homesteading, and kitchen creations. If you are coming to visit our house...please, make an appointment!