Jennifer comes by her love of nature honestly having a bachelors degree in marine biology and ecology. She worked in the aquaculture field for eight years as a hatchery specialist then later becoming a research technician growing and researching saltwater micro-algae for biofuels.
Life took Jennifer to meet her husband Sean and move to the outskirts of Charlotte, NC. Being land locked from any ocean job and later beginning a family had changed Jennifer’s career options. One income household lead her to become more creative in money saving and ultimately began the life of becoming homesteaders.
Jennifer has many hobbies and they seem to expand more every year with homesteading. One of the few pleasures in life is her connection to the outdoors. The family and her love to spend beautiful days hiking the western North Carolina mountains, minimalist camping anywhere they can, and just hanging out in the backyard playing games.
Food is another large passion of Jennifer’s. She loves to bake and cook all sorts of different meals for her family. Scouring the internet and cookbooks for new recipes has become a “sport” for Jennifer. You can also find her knitting, crocheting, sewing, gardening, canning, dehydrating, reading, and blogging as often as she can find time.
Sean grew up on a 30 acre farm in foothills of Georgia. Being outdoors helping his Grandfather with the cattle had lead him to an immense affection for the great outdoors. You can find Sean section hiking the Appalachian Trail with old friends once a year, cutting out new trails at the newest homestead on Pumpkin Patch Mountain, and camping with Jennifer and the kiddos on family vacations.
Sean has been an instrumental partner in their homesteading journey. As a day job, Sean works in the apartment management industry as a maintenance technician and supervisor for the past 12 years. Recently, he was promoted to construction renovations foreman and now works as a project manager on multi-million dollar renovation projects. His immense construction knowledge has helped with the construction and building of all the homesteading projects.
About the blog:
In 2010, this blog started with the purchase and ownership of the family’s first home outside of Charlotte, NC but has grown into two distinct homesteads now. A second raw piece of land was purchased in the Western North Carolina mountains in 2017 which is to become a future homestead and retirement home for Sean and Jennifer. Both pieces of land has become a center for their homesteading journey but both areas also has a unique homesteading name. In order to combine both efforts cleanly written about, you will see two distinct homesteading names present throughout this blog; One Acre Vintage Homestead and Pumpkin Patch Mountain Homestead. It is not the intention to confuse but to inform you as the reader on all the things being attempted. Furthermore, it is also a great keepsake journal for the family to remember all the accomplishments.
Click here to learn more about the One Acre Vintage Homestead
Click here to learn more about the Pumpkin Patch Mountain Homestead