Introduction

The 57 acres that comprise Cedar Ridge Farm are located in the beautiful rolling hills of South Central Kentucky. My wife, our four children, and I are on a homesteading adventure as we work toward increased self-sufficiency. We grow much of our own food and enjoy being in touch with the agrarian roots of our lives.

One of the major projects we have undertaken is the building of our own home. The house we're building has three major distinguishing features: 1. we're building it without incurring any debt; 2. it is a timber frame structure; and 3. the exterior walls will be plastered straw bales. We live debt and mortgage free, and building our house with that approach makes perfect sense. Large timbers in a home possess a beauty and project a sense of strength, stability, and warmth that we want in our home. Straw bale walls provide insulation and make ecological sense. This blog is a record of our home-building project.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

The Garden

This isn't really about the house project, but I wanted to share some photos of some produce from our garden. We have a fairly large garden (about 200' x 70' plus another plot about 120' x 70' where we're growing squash, pumpkins, and melons). This morning's harvest just looked so nice that I had to take some pictures. The one bucket is completely full of cucumbers. The other bucket is nearly full of green beans. The small bucket has some blackberries from our thornless canes. We've already picked several gallons of wild blackberries this year. Food from the garden tastes better than anything you can buy!



1 comment:

Bron said...

Well done on your vegie harvest! I'm jealous!!! I stumbled onto a self sufficient web site you might find interesting. There's a link from my blog www.crankycockatoo.blogspot.com
It's called Self Sufficientish. I've started reading it in anticipation of starting our vegie patch.
I've only just started reading your blog after a break away form my computer. I'm looking forward to reading posts on how your framing is coming along.