This past year has been one of triumphs and failures alike. In our quest to become more self sufficient we added 4 Hens to our family only to have our hometown tell us we MUST remove them. Arguments with a neighbour, disputes with the town, a media craze and then finding a local CSA resulted in us moving our birds and placing our home up for sale. We continue to tend to our chickens as well as 30 others at the CSA, collecting eggs, cleaning up after them and bringing them snacks and love each week.
It has been a long winter, although with a serious lack of snow for our area, and there is change in the air. Recently our house has sold and we purchased a home on just under an acre of property. The home is in a great location close to a school in an AGRICULTURAL ZONE! There are still limitations as to what we can do of course, the governments must control everyone, but we will have far more freedoms than in our current residential prison. We will be close to our current home and able to visit the same park so our kids can play with the kids they have grown familiar too. Come this spring we will have one neighbour who keeps chickens and bees and another neighbour who raises horses... those are my kind of neighbours! We will be bringing our chickens home (possibly getting more) and adding some ducks to our flock. Maybe in a few years we may even add some sheep for wool!
As for our gardens... we have hug plans! We will be able to grow much more food and plant some fruit and nut trees as well. There will be no limit to what we can grow! There is a creek that runs along the side of the property and a track and tennis courts within a 2 minute walk from the house! As with everything, there were a few hiccups along the way with the house purchase but as far as Aaron and I are concerned the issues have been resolved. Aaron and I could not be happier with our decision to move and with the home that we have chosen! We know that this will better our family in so many ways as well as the environment. We are simply trying to Be The Change we want to see in the world.