Who We Are & The Reason For This Website

We’re a pretty modern young couple, and yet we appreciate, and use, a lot of the old skills. Cheesemaking, churning cream for butter, gardening, canning, sewing, curing meat, making homemade bread, making yogurt, raising livestock, beekeeping, coppicing trees, building things from scratch, repurposing…

One thing we’ve noticed is that a lot of websites that teach and promote these skills make them seem very old-fashioned, or very ‘prepper-ish’. We’re really neither.

We just enjoy a simple life, doing things that enhance life and pleasure. We do it for the enjoyment of the flavors (produce from our own garden has so much more flavor than we have ever found in supermarkets), the education of learning and doing new things, the time we spend together, for the satisfying feeling of a hard day’s work on Saturdays doing other things after a long week of modern life.

We started our website 5 years ago as a blogspot blog. Anni spent countless hours learning basic programming and webmaster skills. Modern skills learned, to go with some of the old ones. :)

This website has evolved over the last 5 years, to where we are now. In a nutshell, here’s what we aim to do:

  • Revive old skills. But more importantly, to make them more mainstream and less ‘out there’.
  • Enjoy life
  • Work every day
  • Spend time as a family
  • Grow food & raise our own livestock
  • Learn & teach more of the old trades and skills
  • Find the gaps, and teach others the things that they don’t even know they don’t know… if that makes any sense :)

Most importantly, to find ways to help others integrate it all into a well-managed and well-organized system. Because efficiency is everything on a homestead – whether it’s a small farm out in the country or an urban apartment. Your time is always the bottleneck.

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