Reason for a lifestyle change
Just before our 1st Wedding Anniversary, Jordyn underwent extensive testing for sudden neurological issues. We had already been searching for a house but the want became a need as we knew we wanted to start raising and growing our own food to try and fight whatever was affecting her as it progressed. While researching how we wanted everything planned out, God set the calling on our hearts to take this idea and dream to the next level and involve the community.
ABOUT the HOMESTEAD
Nestled just a few miles from Interstate 95, the homestead looks like any other ranch-style brick house. The 1.24 acres the house sits on does not look like any other as we have turned the flat sandy soil into grazing ground for our pastured, meat birds. Along with our meat birds, we also raise Black Australorp, Whiting True Blue & Whiting True Greens, also pastured, for only the best brown, blue and green eggs.
We added two Kune Kune sows for breeding and meat mid-February 2020 and look forward to the sustainable meat source they will help provide! These girls are grazers and will help with our goals of regenerative grazing as we run them with the chickens to help heal the soil! We added our boar, Jett from The KuneKune Preserve in April 2021. Since their addition, we have welcomed two litters on our homestead and have seen our dream come to fruition as we added our home-grown pork to the freezer in January 2022.
As our permaculture homestead has grown, we added dairy goats, duck, and turkey. We expect to offer turkeys later this year as well as rabbit meat this fall. We are working on broken soil that has been farmed for generations and can only hope that our restorative farming puts some life back into it. In April 2020, we added our breeding stock rabbits and added two new additions this April 2021. We have processed several litters of our kits and have enjoyed our own pasture-raised rabbit.
Why the name you ask? Well, we raise Australian Shepherds! We have been raising Australian Shepherds since 2018! We actively train, trial and work our dogs on our small homestead daily. Our dogs are a HUGE part of not only who we are as individuals but also our identity as homesteaders.
Interested in this breed or wanting to know more?
Click the Kelly Krew Aussies button below to visit our program's site!
Along with a small breeding program, we foster for a rescue group called Save Our Herders Outreach which focuses on rescuing herding breeds from shelters.
We have successfully fostered one dog so far and for Christmas 2019, we decided to adopt our second foster, a sweet, deaf double merle Aussie we decided to name Juniper. In fall of 2021, we adopted a deaf double merle Aussie puppy, who we named Trooper. Adopting these two have truly changed our lives.
If you have any interest in fostering or any interest in adopting, please check out the link to the rescue's website below!
Services We Offer
Knowing what goes both into your food and the process of preparing your food has become such an importance with the large manufacturing companies filling up the grocery stores.
However, within the past few generations, the skill of butchering your own food has become scarce and uncommon.
To remedy this, we offer classes and workshops to help teach the best practices so you may be more self-sufficient.
Interested in taking a class or attending a workshop?
Send us a message about upcoming events we are hosting and workshops we offer!