Farm Days: Farmhouse

Farm Days: The Farmhouse - Building our farmhouse for Happiness By The Acre

 

I thought it would be fun to share our farmhouse building progress on the blog {finally}. Mostly a visual story of the progress so far. Breaking ground on farmland to put in the very first building on 150 acres, actually requires a lot more steps than simply starting to dig {like designing//determining all the land usage} and hubby is much more qualified to speak on that stuff. I have the most basic understanding of “keyline design” and farm workflow. My approach to the building is a combination of practical use & dream home vision.

So join me for a little peek at what’s been happening so far!

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Farm Days: We’re Hiring!

Wanted: Garden Gnome to work on a small Alberta farm

It’s true! On our farm biz side of life, we are HIRING! We are currently looking for a student*, or garden gnome, interested in working on our farm. We deliver product to Calgary and the surrounding area, as well as are opening a trust-based on-farm store in 2018.

Primary job duties will revolve around the market garden and orchard. A great deal of the job is weed identification and manual removal; but plenty of opportunities for general labour, washing and bagging vegetables, and chasing cows or chickens will present themselves.

Pop by the website for more info!

And if you’re just interested in visiting our farm or coming out for the day to lend a hand, definitely contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

*This is a grant supported job for students. Highschool or postsecondary. Trades and vocational schools work fine too, as does upgrading

Farm Days: Storm Watching

Farm Days: Life in a Trailer ~ The story of starting a small farm in Alberta

 

It’s a very different “home sweet home” these days.

A 27′ trailer, our five-year old, my husband and myself, plus two cats. All born and raised in the city. Add in a small generator, some patio furniture, a catio, and a fire pit. Now a good heaping of sweat, dirt covered hands and feet, and laughter. A dash of faith, stewardship, and creation care.

It’s our recipe for the summer.

Good enough is perfect, everyday.

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Greener pastures

Well over a month ago, we ventured out to our farm for a little visit. Thought I would share some photos with you. It’s a 150 acres just outside of Carstairs, being leased for grain farming. No buildings currently on it, but one day it will be our home. Until then, we’ll pop out for visits when we can and watch it change through the seasons.

Hubby recently set-up a Facebook page and a website for our Happiness By the Acre business. We hope to do small scale market gardening in an urban setting over the next few years while we continue to live in Calgary and then transition this into a larger farming business and lifestyle once we move out into the country. So many adventures to come! Oh and don’t worry, the crafting will continue. For without crafts, where would I be?

Here’s a peek at the farm…

Farmland

Crops growing

Marcus on farm

Country road