Healthy living, healthy parenting, healthy gardening. One Family's approach to off grid living.


In my mother’s garden- Happy Canada Day Poem

I am home
soft rain
soft mint
two bumblers dutifully attending
tall lilies- hot orange and prideful
weeping raspberries heavy from June
I can imagine
empty spaces and radical homemakers
transforming dirt to tables
laden with their bounty
The prairie spirit runs through my core
shaking my walls
this is a world of privilege
where perennials change hands
seeds are saved
and people are grateful
for the freedom in the wind
the safety of seeing the future coming
from off in the distance
every plant has a story
woven through time and tradition
to carry us through
hard times

the gift I’ve been given
barefoot, red strawberries
children of plants from my childhood
crashes my veins
empowering me to step away
and into the dirt
transforming into the radical
women homesteading the harsh Canadian prairie
grateful for the privilege
of hard work
and freedom


Garden clean up time

It looks like I’m going to be bringing all my green tomatoes with me to process into green tomato ketchup (by the boys request).  I’m a tad disappointed that only a few ripened, but glad they are still useable.  I was planning on putting in 10lbs of garlic this fall, but good intentions….I put in .5 lbs of Red Russian garlic, but I did prep two new big raised beds that will be all ready for spring planting which I am pretty stoked about.  I”ve been building some stone retaining walls all around the kitchen garden and they really define the space in such a satisfying way.  All and all it was a pretty successful gardening season for me. I had enough veggies to share and we didn’t have to buy much in the way of greens for most of the summer.  We have one piddly pumpkin and a cantaloupe the size of a golf ball.  I was amazed by the perfect waxy purple eggplants that we grew.  Looking forward to spending some time pouring through seed catalogs this winter and getting connected with local gardeners next spring.

I’ve just joined in the gardening group, hope to see some of you there!