My wife and I have recently purchased a ten-acre property in Wisconsin’s Driftless region in the southwest portion of the state and decided a blog would be a fun way to record our transition for ourselves and share it with others.
We were not raised in the country and although we have more experience with animals and aspects of agriculture than most city raised folks, life is certainly different now.
We commute to 9-5 jobs in the state’s capital so this is most certainly a “hobby farm” at present. Or more accurately: a hobby farm in the works. The town we live outside of has its fair share of commuters to Madison, but it’s not the norm for those with land. We’re currently considered “transplants” and I’m pretty sure the term is used as a pejorative. But make no mistake, everyone is very friendly and people seem eager to help and willing to answer any questions. Some folks seem befuddled as to why two city slickers would move to the area – but are not bitter about it.
It’s great to be close to a small, but stable town with a number of successful businesses and a strong tourist industry.
Benefits of our site
While our personal reference is still an aim of the blog, this has proven to be a “learn-as-we-go” process and we’d love to share the experience with others who have (or are considering) a move to the country. Or anyone who would benefit from the information. Learn from our experiences with chickens, plow trucks, car repair, pest control and more. We’re well aware the internet is not lacking for another blog and certainly not a homesteading one at that. However, I think we do have something fresh to offer.
It can be difficult and intimidating to learn from an expert and it’s foolish to learn from a true novice. On most subjects we’re neither, and when I am a novice I tend to do quite a bit of research. I’m (formerly) a journalist by trade so one source is never enough and I’d like to think my own how to’s round up lots of great advice from many experts in one succinct but complete lesson. I also realize we all learn best by doing and I’m willing to film and record it all – including mistakes – so you get a better idea of what a project is really like.
Please comment, correct, advise and engage. We have as much to learn from you as you have from us. That’s what so great about the online community of homesteaders, tinkerers, DIYers – most enjoy teaching as much as learning.