Out here in Oregon, I enjoy the rough-hewn life of a modern homesteader and mountain woman, weaving outdoor adventures into the fabric of everyday living. Whether tending the homestead hearth or a campfire up in the mountains, I find great enjoyment in the work of a self-sufficient life. Gather around as I share my tales of camping, cooking, handcrafting, wildcrafting, canning, growing food, keeping chickens, and raising twin children. It is my hope to share some ideas and inspiration with other folks, to strengthen our connections with the land and wild places. As my hero, Henry David Thoreau once said, “In wildness is the preservation of the world.”
A lesson learned: When a cute little bantam chicken comes out to keep you company while you hoe and plant corn and bean rows, do not say to yourself "Awww, isn't that sweet" and allow it to hang around. You might just look out your window later to find the same little chicken scratching up and munching all the corn seeds, thinking all the while you left such delicious hidden treats, while discarding those not-so-tasty bean seeds neatly beside each mound.
Chickens are much more sly than they look.
No matter how cute and friendly they may seem, it's best to just send them on their way out of the garden to scratch around somewhere else.