My sister and I currently own a little 20- acre (more or less according to the County Assessor’s Office) piece of land in northeastern Colorado. We were raised on an 80-acre farm in Wisconsin and currently reside in northeastern Colorado. Got tired of the winters in Wisconsin – brrr.
Growing up, we experienced farming and working with animals mainly through our father who taught us the love of the farm life. We were also involved with 4-H and learned a lot from that organization and the county fairs.
We helped out every year in a very large garden. It was about 2 acres in size, had a raspberry patch on one end and a strawberry patch on the other. One side was a huge old apple tree; the other side was our front yard with cherry trees and the lanes through the fields were filled with various wild fruits.
We were taught how to grow things at a very young age and were shown the importance of doing it in natural ways. We also shared chores and learning ways to store all the food for the winter months.
We moved to Denver in the early 1980’s, but our love of the land never ended. I had a disabled daughter in 1985, and after Columbine had happened, I made a decision to get out of the big city life – not the best place to raise a child with a disability! So, after discussions with my sister, we sold our homes in Denver and found the fantastic little place we are on now: Y-Knot Farm (Yep, that’s the name of it legally. Funny story behind that too.)
(Best aerial view I could find, we have the triangle shaped property. The dark spot in the middle is our house with the trees around it. The greenhouse is the lighter one running up from the circle driveway. Not much, but it’s ours!)
The small acreage suits us perfectly! No large amounts of equipment needed to maintain the property, great neighbors that have become outstanding friends, and a community that supports one another and our passion for bartering.
We have spent the last 10+ years transforming this little piece of God’s green earth from a once training ground for roping cattle, into chemical-free gardens for our future, the future of our family, friends, and community.
The greenhouse project was a dream from the beginning and is over ten years in the making. We are working hard to become self-sufficient and having year-round fresh produce is part of out plan.
We have had our share of setbacks but, like any great idea, we never let go of our dream! We have experienced that anything worth having is worth fighting for and that everything happens for a reason!