This Home on the Range series celebrates all kinds of homesteaders, from urban rooftop gardeners to rural ranches and farms, from beekeepers to goat herders, from container gardeners to egg gatherers. Come and visit with us today.
This week’s feature is from Alison Preiss who blogs at The Life of a Novice. Her homestead is called Apolloson Acres which houses, among other animals, a beautiful Arabian horse named Apollo. Check out the photos of this gorgeous horse below! Her animals are all rescues. There is good karma on this farm! I love that her horses call out to her when they see the light on!
What led you to become a traditional, urban or suburban homesteader?
I have always wanted to live on a farm. Once my husband and I purchased our ‘farmette’, things just started to come natural along with it. Learning to garden, can/preserve, move back to a slower pace. Once my son was born, I really become a proponent of ‘real food’. We just purchased 6 chicks who will be our laying hens so we can collect our own pastured eggs!
What do you love about your homestead?
What don’t I love? 🙂 I love nature, being outside and taking in every beautiful sight and smell. I love that my horses call for me when they see me turn on the kitchen light in the morning. I love that I have an orchard to walk through and ample space to plan more gardens than I have time for!!
What would you change?
I would hate to leave my homestead to work a day job :/
What new skills have you learned and how have you applied them?
I didn’t know how to can/preserve food until I moved here. My husband and I also knew nothing about fruit trees until we moved here — the property is home to a 110 tree orchard! I have dabbled in wine making too.
What skills would you like to learn?
Ohhh that’s a toughie – there are too many! I’d love to learn to knit and crochet. And I would also love to learn how to have and care for a dairy cow. Dairy goats too. Sheep too!!
What animals or plants do you have?
We have 2 horses, 1 pony, a miniature donkey, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 6 chicks — all rescues too except for the chicks!
What makes you happy with your life as a homesteader?
The slow way of life. Going back to the basics. Doing things the way nature intended for them to be done. Being stewards of our land.
Thank you Alison! Your homestead is inspiring and your animals are so healthy! Your life as you describe it is something to envy. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Here are some photos of the homestead.
What a beautiful horse! And you look pretty good too!
Allen harvesting apples. That looks like a lot of work! But so worth it!
I doubt there is much time to put your feet up!
Aren’t they adorable?
They look good!
What is a Real Food Homesteader?
A Real Food Homesteader is someone who cares about the earth, the soil and the animals that give us food. You don’t have to have acres of prairie land to be a homesteader. You can be an urban or suburban homesteader with a tiny plot of land, a rooftop garden in a city, or a community garden. You could also be a more traditional homesteader who is concerned about organic, sustainable methods of farming or gardening, who supports pasture raised animals.
Real Food Homesteaders don’t use genetically modified seeds. They don’t use poisons on the plants and soil. They don’t feed poisoned grains to their animals.
They cook traditionally with raw dairy from grassfed animals and eggs from chickens on pasture. They shun processed vegetable oils like margarine and other processed foods. They try to buy as little packaged food as possible — growing and preserving their own instead.
Are you a person like this? Do you have an urban, suburban or rural homestead? Please share it with us.
Send your answers to Jill at Real Food Forager dot com and 5 – 6 of your best photos sized 450 – 550 with caption
The next could be yours!