about our homestead

Meet Jennifer:

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’s idea of Heaven!

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.

Meet Sean:

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


  1. I love the Craftsman Home. It has always been my favorite kind of house. I live in NW Florida and we have a lot of these kinds of homes. You have a beautiful property and you seem to be well on your way to having a grand homestead. We had a piece of property we were going to start on ourselves but things didn’t work out, so it’s back to the drawing board. I’m glad to have found your blog and hope to read more great ides in the future. God bless your home and family.~Patty

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      Thank you so much for the kind words. Don’t get discouraged, that property was just not meant to be and a much better one is out there waiting for you. Good luck and keep us posted!

      1. Love your home. Great use of what ground you have.

  2. I love this! You put so much on such a small plot I didn’t think it possible. I grew up out in a wooded country side. We had tons of trees my dad cleared to create our little farm. We lived on 10 acres which growing up I thought was huge. We raised our own livestock: rabbits, hogs, chickens, goats and cattle. My dad said we couldn’t have any animals we couldn’t eat. So no horses but we were lucky he allowed us dogs to chase off the coyotes and cats to kill all the snakes and rodents. But we couldn’t bring them inside. We had tons of garden areas: from edibles to flowers. I always thought you needed at least 10 acres to do that. But I like that you have shown people that even with a small lot if you plan you can go “big” so to speak with a variety of things and ways to grow. Thanks, I appreciate your experiences.

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      Thank you for sharing your story. We live in town limits and can’t have any hooved animals so we are limited there. And I totally understand your dad, we don’t have any animals that we can’t eat either or at least are not useful to helping on the homestead. My family look forward to buying a large plot in the mountains that will open up some more experiences for us. I am glad you like our little blog.

  3. I am so glad I found you. I live in Southern California and having been slowing making changes at home. We recycle, live low-cost, garden veggies, herbs and have a large fig tree. We happen to be on the monarch butterfly migration path so many of our flowers are dedicated to feeding them along the way and the others are to bees and help their numbers. I have a side yard which is a successful planter garden and also have a good compost routine. Question – do you have a worm compost and do you have any tips on how to start one while being very frugal and simple?

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