Like most people, we started our farm to live more naturally and healthfully. But that was never our original plan. My husband and I both owned our own businesses and we had just had a baby. We were happy and doing great. Until I started to get sick. After years of getting sicker and doctors telling me "It's all in your head" I was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Over the next several years I had taken alot of different medications that either didn't work, or made me sicker. I was tired of feeling miserable all the time and after so many years and so many medications I was starting to give up, and felt like "This is going to be my life".
One day I was listening to a podcast about a woman with similar issues who started a farm to heal herself when modern medicine wasn't working. I thought about that podcast for along time after, and thought, Could We?? But we were definitley NOT farmers. After several conversations with my husband and alot of thought, we decided to take the leap and buy a farm/homestead.
People usually start with a few chickens. Not us! We went straight to alpacas and 6 raised garden beds. That was in 2015. We have since grown to 23 large gardens, alpacas, sheep, chickens, ducks and angora rabbits. Aside from growing our own fruits and vegatables, we raise our own meat, and grow our own herbs and tea. I have learned to spin and weave the fiber from our animals, and we even started a small vineyard.
While it's still a work in progress, we learn and grow everyday. I do still have my off days but they are few and far between and I'm still able to "work the farm" every day. So, with a glass of wine in one hand and a chicken in the other, my life is happier and crazier than ever!