about our homestead

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.


[hohm-sted-ing] verb

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.

About Me:

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. 


You will find some links on this blog that are affiliate links which I may earn a commission if you click the link and purchase a product. By using my affiliate links, you are helping me support my homesteading blog and lifestyle. We as a family are appreciative of all that can help us. These affiliate links are not just any company but ones that I love, purchase from, support, and give my stamp of approval. I would never promote a company or cause if I didn’t believe in it.  


  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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