About

This blog is about all things gardening, landscaping, and hobby farming in the Michigan area. I am a local landscape designer, gardener and hobby farmer/homesteader here in South East Michigan. I have 19 chickens and am getting ready to put in about 3000 sq. ft. of new garden space this spring. So far, my list of food bearing plants included in the garden or incorporated into the landscape will be over 40 when I construct my new garden. When the weather breaks I will hopefully post some progress pictures and walk through some of what I’m doing.

My passion for farming and gardening stems from my background in landscaping and horticulture, my love for nature, and my desire to have cost-effective, healthy, natural food for my family. I currently live on a simple 5 acre piece of land in Oakland County that is zoned for farming so I have a lot of flexibility with regards to gardening and farming and livestock. My propery features a small creek which doesn’t offer a lot, other than occasional floods. Some wild berries grow along the creek edge though so I can forage at times. The property has a few springs on it and a good size farm pond, the pond is deep enough to support fish, turtles, frogs, and more. The kids like to ice fish it with me sometimes.

Red Sex Link hen

So, where are we going?

Aside from my large garden and the chickens, I have a wife and three kids, I work full time as a designer and marketer, and I’m attending a private business school to complete my undergrad in marketing with a minor in business analytics. Needless to say, I have a very full life!

I’ve learned lots of lessons so far and have much more to learn. One such lesson is that you have to be careful leaving windows open when you have free range hens.

I hope you enjoy my blog and I look forward to getting to know you so leave a comment.

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