Hi! I’m Margit. I live on a small hilly two acre lot with my family. Since 2003 I have been trying to turn this little patch of ground into a farm. I know it won’t be a “real” farm in the traditional sense, but I like to think of it as a farm. I keep adding elements, bit by bit, to make my life as self sustaining as possible.
I have a very productive vegetable garden with eight 4ft x 16 ft raised beds. I have laying hens that give us eggs with low labor requirements from me. I borrow my friend’s goats for weedy area brush removal. I compost all the materials that the chickens won’t eat and I use gravity fed rain barrels for garden irrigation. I have three very happy and not too productive cats. To their credit, they delight in eating ants (who knew?) and they watch crickets with mild disinterest. My spouse and I can, freeze and store as much food as possible for winter and late spring eating. This sounds like a lot of work, but when you incorporate it into your life slowly, it is not as overwhelming as it may seem.
Our house sits at the end of a half mile gravel lane. The neighborhood (six houses total, all built between 1840-1900) is surrounded by forest retention area and preserved farmland. (Read-cannot be developed). It is relatively quiet from human made noises except for louder vehicle traffic. The neighbor’s farm animals and natural sounds are very loud but peaceful. The houses are typical two story farmhouses with front porches and big windows. This area was “developed” by one family in the 1860s. All neighbors know each other and help each other when needed. For example: I plow the lane and all the driveways when it snows. We’ll watch and feed each other’s cats, chickens, goats, ducks etc. if we will be away.
My family and I were fortunate to have found this 1860s farmhouse nestled here. Fortunate, is of course, totally a matter of perspective. The house had been vacant and abandoned; it had no central heat, 1940s electric, one tiny spiral staircase to the upstairs and all the plumbing connections leaked. It did have an excellent foundation, 8” x 8” inch Chestnut post and beam framing, non-leaking tin roof, perfect southern exposure and a small three story bank barn. Since we bought the house we have slowly refurbished it doing much of the work ourselves. As you can tell, I’m a do it yourselfer. I’ve read, researched, experimented, built, created and accomplished much more than I thought I could.
In designing and implementing my home farm plans, I’ve learned much. I have taught numerous “how to” classes privately as well as professionally. Small Box Gardening, Intro to Vegetable Gardening, Basic Canning, Animal Tracking, Primitive Hide Tanning, Primitive Fire Starting, Outdoor Survival, Chainsaw Operation and Vehicle Maintenance. I volunteer at a few local farms and have made great friends. My farming friends are very generous. They share their knowledge, expertise and wisdom.
My first career was with a company that delivers packages out of brown trucks. Thirteen years of too much stress. I left because I wanted to become part of the growing network of individuals moving towards living more consciously. I was very privileged to be able to shift my career and life energy to help teach, guide and direct others in a natural setting and also help preserve and protect it. I know what I do is small, but I do it in a thoughtful way.
Many of my friends have encouraged me to share what I have learned and developed with others who are trying to live the same way. There never seems to be enough time in the schedule to read and learn new things. My goal with MargitsGarden.com is to give you the most important information in a “how to” fashion so you can learn fast and get started. I am sharing my experiences and my gardening knowledge so that over time your garden will be easy, fun, sustainable and productive too.