Monday, November 14, 2011

This is my very first post on the Canadian Preppers Network as a blog author... you can find the official version here.

I live on a farm. When I read those words a few years ago I would be awash with a longing that almost hurt. I wanted to be able to say that! Now I can.
Self-discipline is remembering what you really want. That was the mindset that got us from the city to the country - we had a goal in mind and we kept working towards it - little by little every day. We have been preppers for 8 or 9 years now - slowly coming to the conclusion that life as we knew it was perhaps not even the life we wanted. It sure didn't have much in the way of security. If the power went out I figured we had about 6 hours in the winter and we'd be forced to leave our home. Never mind the lack of lights and the freezer defrosting. We came up with ways to avoid most of those issues temporarily but the longing remained to have a place to call our own where we could live more self sufficiently. It was many small decisions and steps that got us from that place to this place and there's many steps to go before this place is all that we dream it can be.

I live with my family on a small farm surrounded by conservation lands. We raise chickens, ducks for meat and eggs and sheep. We also have a donkey, 6 barn cats and a spoiled city dog.

Life here is an amazing adventure of FINALLYS. We finally had room for a huge garden - that had lots of weeds in it this summer but actually produced quite well. We could finally have more animals than the 6 urban chickens of our city life. We could finally sit in our "backyard" and hear - silence... We could finally run out of the house in our pjs to feed the cats or get the mail! Well - it doesn't take much to make me happy!

I hope to share some of my adventures with you in the coming weeks. From food storage and canning to backyard chickens and beyond. I'm not an expert - just someone who loves to learn and happily lives on a farm.


  1. Anita, that post of yours at the Canadian Preppers Network is exactly what led me here to your blog! It looks like we have a few things in common. I, too, have experienced the longing for land, to the point where it almost physically hurt. It's an ache that won't go away. I'm doing what I can in my small town backyard until we can buy land (growing vegs, fruit, herbs, backyard chickens, canning, etc.). My timeline is next spring, but it's in the Lord's hands. I've been looking in Hastings County, north of Belleville (Tweed, Stirling, Gilmour, Madoc, etc.) where there are large tracts of land priced relatively cheap.

    Anyway, I could go on and on! You know how exciting it is to find like-minded people ~smile~. I'm looking forward to exploring the rest of your posts, and I'm now "following" your blog.

  2. Brenda - it's always a pleasure to find a new like-minded friend :) Thanks for reading! I truely know your pain but there is NOTHING like having to wait and then seeing your dream fulfilled. I sometimes wander around the farm with a big grin on my face - my kids laugh at me and say - Yeah MOM we know - We LIVE here (finally)!!! "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life." Proverbs 13:12:)

  3. Amen, dear sister!

    By the way, this afternoon I read every one of your blog posts! I like the way you write and I've enjoyed reading about your journey. By the way, I have just emailed Cam Mather to inquire about his solar energy system and to ask about upcoming workshops in the spring. My hubby is very interested in setting up solar and wind power. So, I'm thankful to the Lord for leading me to you and also to Cam and Michelle!

    P.S. I've added your blog link to my blog's sidebar. Bye for now...


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