The Short Back Story

jandmeSince I’m starting this site much later than I anticipated (its been in my brain for over a year now), I thought I’d share a little backstory about where we’ve been and where we’re headed. Orchard Street Farm is our current home. Situated on a lot of less than 1/8 of an acre in a rural appalachian village in Ohio, we’ve been growing seeds and plant for years – all for personal consumption. Many years ago our lot had lots of sunshine and an actual rectangular garden in the middle of the backyard. We grew tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, broccoli, peppers, onions, potatoes and other plants that excited us in any given year.

As years progressed, we grew more trees and shrubs in an effort to country-fy and semi-seclude ourselves. It worked! And our property began to seriously take shape … but the vegetable garden lost ample space because of the growing shade. Around the same time, we remodeled our home by tearing off an unsightly wrap-around porch, reworked the kitchen and bath, and re-sided and replaced old windows. We also added a deck less than a year after that. Our deck was a welcome addition, adding space and sunshine in our lives. It also continues to serve a purpose, housing early spring seeds in cold-frame greenhouses; late spring and early summer welcomes planters with tomatoes, lettuce varieties and herbs like basil and oregano.

Fast forward to 2014 and chickens have been added to the mix. In March, mostly on a whim, we adopted six pullet leghorns. They were sweet and there was a learning curve in keeping them, but since that time they’ve begun laying eggs – and are now extremely  LOUD! My husband is quite anxiety-ridden over the noise because of neighbors – rightfully so. No one has complained yet. We are anticipating that day.

Thankfully the girls are now laying 5 to 6 eggs per day so we are relatively certain they are all, in fact, hens.

The biggest news yet, we purchased and are closing next week on 18.96 acres outside of a neighboring village (the school district is my husband’s alma mater). We are so excited for what is to come, even the work involved. This is our story . . .  Enjoy!