Hey y’all! Welcome to The Easy Homestead. I’m Jen, and the hubs is Beau (sometimes referred to as Mountain Man).
The Easy Homestead consists of our coming-to-be farm which we have named North Fork Farms.
We live on 45 acres in rural Southern Virginia. We have always farmed for ourselves but have recently decided to start a farm for our community. We want people to have choices when it comes to the food that they eat, and that choice be an affordable non-GMO one. Here on the farm we raise meat chickens, egg chickens, goats, and soon to be pigs, and rabbits. Oh, and three children (Molli- 10, Jax-4, and Nanette Lorraine-2)!
We surely didn’t grow up as farmers/homesteaders, although I did spend many weekends on my Granddad’s farm in Florida as a kid.
My mom’s tragic death in 2012- at the age of 50– from Cancer started our homesteading adventure. My dad asked my mom’s Oncologist why he thought cancer was so prevalent these days. His response: “look at your food.” I was baffled, but Beau and I slowly started educating ourselves by watching documentaries on Netflix and reading Joel Salatin’s books. What we found was shocking, to say the least. So, in June of 2012 we started on this homesteading/natural living journey. It’s also been a year since essential oils have changed my family’s life. Some of the movies that started our homesteading lifestyle: Food Inc, The Gerson Miracle, Food Matters, Forks Over Knives, Hungry for Change, and Ingredients. Some of the Joel Salatin’s Books were: You Can Farm, Folks- This Ain’t Normal, and Pastured Poultry Profit$.
This life is often trying, hard, and downright devastating at times. But, it is also the most rewarding, satisfying, and awesome life that I feel my family can lead.
When I’m not in the kitchen making real food from scratch, I love entertaining my black thumb in the garden, trying to convince Beau to agree that we
want NEED more farm animals, and love spreading the word of something I am passionately fanatic about- essential oils.
I’m a wife and mother to three kids & many farm animals. I’m crazy about: homesteading, my hubs, mason jars, burlap, old rusty things, and the old-fashioned life style. Most people say that I am an adventurous, humorous, and sometimes sarcastic person- but ya kind of have to be in this lifestyle, ya feel me?
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Welcome to The Easy Homestead,