We did not plan to become urban farmers. I am not sure you plan for these things. But after the bees and the goats and the garden and all the other creatures I knew we were in deep. We joined the ranks of urban homesteaders that are going “back to the land” in cities all over the United States. Living near Philadelphia we are lucky to be surrounded by many visionaries who laid the foundations that we now build on.
I have to admit we do still dream of moving “out to the country” where things are quiet and life is slower. Where we can grow our own hay and have a big old barn. Where we have enough space to do rotational grazing and have a chicken tractor. Maybe this will happen one day. But for now we are urban farmers out of necessity and affinity. Land is expensive and it takes two full time jobs and a network of friends and neighbors to support even our modest attempts at farming.
But ... we do this because of a passion that runs deep. We want to know where our food comes from. We need to bear witness to the cycle of life. We want to learn — and then in turn pass on — the wisdom and the craft of all those who came before us.
Join us for the journey!
Lisa and Laurie
Shady Apple Goats
Peanut is all grown up and so handsome!