We have returned to our home state of South Carolina to reestablish connections, build on current skills, learn from elders, revive our family's fallow fields, plant crops, raise animals, build relationships, share our time and talents, and make our produce available to the community.
OUR HOMESTEAD JOURNEY
Including a garden on the homestead was not a big decision it was in fact the norm for our family. As a retired military family, stationed around the United States and Western Europe, we have tried to have a garden in every location so it was not given a second thought when we moved here. Now that we are settled on this property and no longer subject to new assignments requiring us to move, we are looking to do more than have a garden, we decided to live off the land and have it work for us as much as possible.
This does not mean abusing the land it means working it as we believe God intended in order to supply food for our family and neighbors, to become a place where we work and enjoy through recreation. This is a place where we can interact with the environment; both the animal and plant life. Our goal is to use our skills and our property to teach members of our community and visitors about the local history and culture including the agricultural practices and traditions that thrived here many years.
Through study and courses, conferences and workshops we are building upon and improving the skills we have from our family and traditions to enhance the productivity of the land and care of our livestock.
WHAT'S GROWING NOW:
Our leafy vegetable selections include a variety of turnips, mustard greens, collards, kale, Swiss chard, spinach and lettuces.
This year along with our cabbage we added broccoli and rutabagas.
We round everything off with rows of garlic, onions and chives.
The first animals we added after moving here were chickens. We ordered about twenty five chickens from a hatchery that mailed three day old chicks to our post office. The chicks were actually a homeschool science endeavor more than a homestead venture. Our five children were immediately formed an attachment to the chicks. They were named and watched with great interest and excitement.
Since that time, the children participated in 4-H Poulet Chain Projects and learned a great deal more about the care of chickens. They acquired an egg license from the SC Department of Agriculture and a new busioness began.
Now we use an incubator to hatch more chicks and maintain our flock. Our interest in fowl has grown so that we now have pearl guineas, a Royal Palm Turkey and eleven.ducks. We had quail at one time but a number of them escaped so we released the remaining few. Geese may be on the horizon but we are satisfied with these for now.