One Acre Vintage Homestead is a self sufficiency and homesteading blog about a family of four living on an acre in a small town outside of Charlotte, NC. This page is all about our homestead, the details, and set up.
1. a lifestyle of self sufficiency through farming with heirloom fruits and vegetables, seed saving techniques, raising livestock, food preservation, small production of textiles and crafts, and the use of renewable energies.
I started my love of nature, biology, and science in college when I went to school and graduated with a bachelors in marine biology and ecology from Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida. For eight years, I worked as a phycologist growing microalgae for an aquaculture company and then for research in producing algae as a biofuel. My next step in life was becoming a stay at home mama and wife to my amazing family.
When we moved to North Carolina, I couldn’t find work in my field so I had to become very creative in money saving techniques. I ended up falling back in love with nature as I became further and further involved in homesteading. If I can save money, reduce my families carbon footprint, and teach my next little generation about nature and being green then all my hard work will be worth it! I wanted to write this blog for a few reasons, to keep a journal of my successes and ultimate failures, to calculate exactly how much keeping a homestead costs and how to lower that cost even further, and help show other want-a-be homesteaders that anyone can do it.
I am not a “foodie”, I just like to eat so my recipes are just that, mine which I love to eat and share. Photography is not my profession, so the pictures are not professional looking, mostly taken with my smartphone. I do take a lot of my ideas from Pinterest and other homesteading families. These ideas usually help me get inspired to make my own ideas.
About the homestead:
In search for our new homestead, we wanted so many things like at least 10 acres of land, a barn, a 100 + year old farmhouse with a large kitchen and at least 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths, and lots of large trees all for a very cheap price….yeah right!! Unfortunately, we could not get what we wanted. We ended up buying a 1920’s Craftsman bungalow with one acre. Yes, we had to compromise on the amount of land by a whole lot, type of home, and location for the price we could afford. Also, we could only get a two bedroom, one bath house. But in 2014, we added over 300 square feet by building a master suite addition, which added another bedroom, closet and full bathroom.
The picture below lays out how our one acre works for us. It is not to scale but it does give a great visual on how we laid out the garden beds and outbuildings. We have room for a 2000 square foot vegetable garden, micro apple orchard, two sheds, large blueberry bushes, raised beds for strawberries, garlic, asaragus, trellises for grapes, kiwis, and blackberries, three 80 year old pecan trees, vertical lettuce gutter garden, and chicken coop and rabbit hutch. Plus, don’t forget the plenty of room still left for our two young active girls to play and have fun.
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