The Farhner Homestead

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Fermented Garlic

Until that day that we can source all our food straight from our garden, we are huge Costco addicts. Buying in bulk is more economical, and we are blessed in our region to have many organic and non-gmo options for produce! The problem with buying in bulk is that often the food goes bad before ∴ Read more

January 2018 Garden Prep

As we gear up for our first year in the garden, there’s still a lot of cleanup to be done. This month we’ve heavily pruned the existing grape vines, which had climbed up the nearby curly willow and some of which were in excess of 20 feet long! This past fall, we had grape clusters ∴ Read more

2018: Year of the Homestead

It’s been too long since we last posted. The last 3 years were very long and hard, but in the summer of 2017 we purchased our first home, a 1922 farmhouse on a third of an acre, and after some remodeling, we’re moved in and ready to work on all our long dreamed-of self-sufficiency plans. ∴ Read more

When the going gets tough

A few kind souls have asked for a house update, so here goes… June 14 we became home owners. Today is July 26. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we'd still be living sporadically without running water or a proper lavatory. But that's the nature of home remodels sometimes, especially the DIY kind! ∴ Read more

Hey, it’s been a while…

As I write this, a handful of unpublished posts sit in my drafts. It’s been a while since you’ve heard from us as we’ve struggled to write much over the last 2.5 years.  When we started this blog and began documenting our vision, our dreams and our goals, we were in the preparation process; honing ∴ Read more

The Long Road

It’s been quite a while since we posted anything, and that’s because the past year has been very busy. The little one turns 2 in just a few short months; she’s been more than a handful for Ari, of course; and I’ve had my nose to the grindstone working to build up our down payment. ∴ Read more

Debt: a Free Spirit’s Perspective

I’m positive if you read my husband’s latest post on debt, you might think him insane and a little too polarized on the subject of debt and finances. Goodness knows we’ve encountered plenty of people along our journey who can’t seem to understand why we live the way we do. However, our seemingly offbeat perspective is actually ∴ Read more

Traditions: Babywearing

You will probably find that most of my hobbies and interests lately revolve around being a mom and having a baby. For a little while I was nearly obsessed with cloth diapers (can you say, “stalking online diaper stores with limited-edition diaper releases at 3am?!”). I’ve read lots of books and articles on breastfeeding and where and ∴ Read more


“And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word: Tradition!” ~Reb Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof   If you’ve ever had a serious conversation with my husband, you will surely have heard him say “It’s a balance!” a phrase which seems to always land him the last word in ∴ Read more

The Shame of Debt

Up until about 60 years ago, borrowing money was generally frowned upon by society. Even today, nobody likes that one “friend” that always tries to mooch cash off you. Borrowing puts you in a place of disadvantage. The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. —Proverbs 22:7 Why, ∴ Read more

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