Hi! Welcome to my website!
I’m Lacey, and I’m so pleased to meet you!
I am a wife, a mama, a lover of all the animals, and a fledgling homesteader/sustainable smallholder. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, on the Northern Oregon coast (zone 8 a/b), and I’ve been gardening organically for the past 14 years.
My family and I live on a beautiful (but sort-of run down) 40-acre piece of land tucked into a forested hillside. We built a new farmhouse last year, and now we’re working to reestablish the rest of it as a living, breathing farm with a focus on sustainability. Currently we’ve got a 1/4 acre organic garden that we’d love to expand, because we want a root cellar full of our own homegrown and preserved foods. In the future we’ll hopefully also be adding more livestock to the farm and teaching ourselves how to grow and process it humanely. Ultimately, we want to teach our children the joy of meaningful work, the cycles of life and nature, and how to provide for themselves in a precarious and ever-changing world, and to appreciate it ourselves as well.
We want to live our lives here; with mud on our boots, dirt under our fingernails, happy animals roaming fertile fields and good food in our bellies.
A life spent together, living well and living simply.
About Home & Harrow
I started Home & Harrow because I wanted to build a community of like-minded people; people who care about growing and eating good food, raising animals with compassion, supporting community, and who are hoping to foster a deeper, more sustainable, and mindful connection with the Earth.
I also wanted a fitting place to share my journey and teach others what I know. I blogged for two years under a different domain, but it started to feel like I had made myself a very narrow niche there. I wanted to open my focus and talk about more than just gardening. Our life journey is all about change, and so I’m embracing my evolution to this space.
I tossed around a lot of name ideas, but ultimately settled on this one. Home is where you live, and Harrow simply means to prepare a field for planting. I think it pretty much covers everything, from the fields to the farmhouse or the patio to the apartment. Living well, wherever you are.
In this space I’ll be writing (hopefully!) useful posts about:
- Sustainable gardening
- How to care for farm animals
- Natural living
- Wholesome, easy recipes
- How to preserve and use your harvest
Also, mostly, I’ll be writing simple stories about the homestead, the farm animals, my husband and my girls. I’ll write about my life there. The journey we’re on, the mistakes we make, and the triumphs we fight for. It’s messy business, but I’ll try my best to make it entertaining!
My goal is to post at least twice a week, and maybe even more if I can manage it, so please check back often!
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Welcome to Home & Harrow!