” o n t h e 1 9 ” . . . a simple phrase that became the name of our hOMe on 19 acres in p e r r y c o u n t y , o h i o
Orchard Street Farm is the name we lovingly gave our 1/8 acre homestead (and this site) as we began scheming and planning our eventual move to larger, greener pastures. On a tiny lot on Orchard Street, in a rural village of less than 5000, we started our adventures in family farming. Initially growing seeds indoors, plants on our 12′ x 16′ deck and in containers around the property; we started canning and boldly transitioned to keeping chickens. We were learning new skills every day, and then we bought ‘the 19.’
In July 2014, we finally did it; purchasing just shy of 19 ACRES outside of a neighboring village. The majority of the property was (and still is!) wooded, which we love. A small section of the land was cleared prior to our taking ownership, but it was raw and unworked. We have turned our 18.96 acres into a haven and rural homestead. We plant a plentiful and overly abundant garden each year; we are again raising chickens, and may eventually add goats to the mix.
This site simply chronicles where we were, where we are now and where we hope to be someday. It’s our story. It’s about the 19 and about our simple life together. It’s also about things we find inspiring as we develop our property, land and home!
Welcome to our journey.
We are the Church Family – Jarred, Heather and Maddie. J is a surveyor and green thumb extraordinaire, H is a writer, content strategist and yoga educator, and M is a very excited and busy teen scholar athlete. This site chronicles our adventure.
A final note: Since our journey began on Orchard Street but is developing elsewhere, you’ll notice inconsistencies in the site name – orchardstreetfarm.com and onthe19.com. We began growing the site on the former but have renamed it the latter. We had many names in mind … Bliss Acres, Rolling Hills Farm, and Spring Hill Farm were a few ideas, but none of them resonated. Meanwhile J started calling our place “the 19” and I began referring to it as such on social media. It stuck enough for other people to ask, “how’s the 19 coming along?”