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Hey! I’m Alexis, a wanna-be modern homesteader. I decided to start this blog because (a) I was having a hard time finding gardening/homesteading blogs, especially around Missoula, (b) my husband and I are about to start an awesome (literally) adventure. This will be a chronicle of our attempts to turn 9 acres of orchard grass into a source of food and home.















We’ll be building a straw bale house, planting a garden and orchard, raising and eating animals, trying out all that information from books and movies and talking, and hopefully turning that orchard grass into a semi-native prairie. We see modern homesteading as a way to be more self-sufficient, but also as a way to eat better food, develop useful skills, and generally enjoy life. I see cooking, canning, charcuterie, knitting, and sewing as part of that definition, so there will be posts about those as well.

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  1. brandi permalink
    June 16, 2011 3:31 pm

    I’m so jealous of your life! I want a straw bale house!

    • June 17, 2011 7:41 am

      Thanks for stopping by! While there are a lot of hurdles, and I don’t know about your specifics, I’m hoping that this blog will help people who want to take the step actually do it. If nothing else, it should be an interesting story 🙂

  2. Julie Kahl permalink
    June 23, 2011 3:41 pm

    Hi Alexis, my husband is the concrete guy and I’m the one with the Cold Springs School/ Miller Creek History book that your next door neighbor Arlyne and I put together. I heard that you may have photos on here, that you found in the old Hackman house before you razed it. Where would I find them?
    I’m still working on a companion work that will be a more comprehensive history of Miller Creek an am still interested in any Miller Creek history items. Julie

    • June 23, 2011 3:47 pm

      Julie – It is so funny that you are the one who wrote the book. We have been interested in getting a copy, and also saving as much of the history as we can. The pictures are on this post: We saved them in an envelope but don’t know what to do with them. I don’t know if any of the people lived in the area (they are from Florence High School), but if you have a use for them then we’d be glad to pass them along.

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