When we stayed a weekend at an organic farm/homestead. The guy who ran it was an old hippie who was a bit strange but he had a unique vision that he brought to life. He had interns who stayed at the farm and helped with all the gardening and animals. He had various rustic cabins that we built by different people who had stayed there in the 70’s. We stayed in the larger of the two. It was not off grid but definitely rustic and hand built. It was so charming and we decided then that we wanted to do something similar and have our own chunk of land to build on and farm. The place definitely had a commune sort of vibe with people coming and going, work exchange situations and “hippies” from Ohio who wanted to learn about organic farming. We would like to have people live here and help us but we will be choosy about who they are since we have children.
It was Mazzy’s first real experience with the outdoors and she was happier with her hands in the dirt than she had ever been. That was the moment we decided to make this adventure real. We spent countless nights researching and looking for land online. It was frustrating trying to find something we could afford and we looked everywhere from Arizona to Maine and even Alaska.
There were quite a few times when we thought this would just stay a dream. We were not going to settle on land we didn’t really love. We wanted land with a creek, with trees, and with soil that was fertile. We happened upon land for sale in East Tennessee and started looking in to the area. It was close enough to big cities and far enough out to actually be living in the country.
We set our minds to it and made t happen in just under a year!-Shannon
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