We’re Not Experts By Any Means
We’re just an average couple who enjoy learning new skills and sharing what we’ve learned and the fruits of our labor with the people in our lives – friends and strangers alike.
This is what sparks passion most in us and what is driving this planned adventure of ours.
How We Got Here
Throughout our relationship, we’ve changed paths, and jobs, on more than one occasion. We get caught up in chasing the excitement of new ideas, new places and new food, leading us to new careers and skills. We began with a passion for cooking great food that was healthy and challenging, but were often restricted by the high cost of buying organic.
We Started Growing Our Own Food
At the time, we lived in a small row home in the city and were very limited on what we could grow outdoors, so we taught ourselves how to grow food indoors with hydroponics. In addition to that, we found a way to do a workshare with a local CSA farm and were able to get fresh, organic produce every week in exchange for labor or photography work. Through this opportunity, we became interested in where our food was coming from, how it was grown and the importance of having access to fresh, naturally grown food in an urban area. And thus, a new passion was born.
Our New Path
It just so happened that the birth of this particular passion coincided with a new opportunity for us – the chance to open a retail organic gardening and hydroponics shop. This opportunity would move us halfway across the state, four hours away from our friends, family and the city life we had known for so many years. It was both exciting and terrifying at the same time and we knew we had to give it a shot.
But we didn’t want just a retail store to buy all things gardening and hydroponics, we wanted to build a resource for the community and a destination for those seeking similar goals to ours. We offered weekly classes in our store that covered a variety of homesteading topics.
By teaching classes ourselves or bringing in guest speakers, we were able to learn a variety of new skills like homebrewing, fermenting foods, beekeeping, making kombucha, sprouting seeds & growing microgreens. Not only were we gaining new knowledge for ourselves, but we were sharing it with our local community. Teaching our customers became the thing that we loved most about our job.
Running our store introduced lots of talented and amazing people into our lives. In fact, these people are the ones who’ve inspired us to go on this next journey.
As much as we enjoyed having our own shop and making it uniquely ours, we were constantly bothered by the fact that it meant missing out on one of our greatest passions – travel.
A love of traveling is something we have always shared and falls in line only after each other, our dogs and food. Lacking the ability to hit the road whenever we felt the urge weighed on us to the point where we could no longer ignore it.
The Road Keeps Calling and We Need To Answer
Our Plan Is To Buy An RV and Hit The Road So We Can:
- seek out small batch producers of food and natural products and those who promote sustainability in their communities.
- learn from these people and share that knowledge with others throughout our journey.
- encounter new ideas and ways of living naturally.
- experience new places and people from all facets of life.
- have an effing great time doing it!
We’re going to face a lot of challenges along the way in addition to the obvious things like living in less than 300 sq. ft., making money, and feeding ourselves. So, naturally we came up with a list of core values that will make this journey even more challenging.
Here Are The Most Important Rules That We’re Going To Adhere To:
- To learn at least 1 new skill each month
- To eat only seasonal, natural, or organic (No processed food)
- Buy items as close to the source as possible
- Support local businesses (No big box stores or chain restaurants)
- To produce our own everyday items & stop being consumers
- Produce as little waste as possible
- Help those in need and share our knowledge
To complete this challenge we’re going to need to learn a lot more skills to survive and we’re going to teach ourselves or learn from the craftsmen who inspire us along the way.
So This Is Our Journey, and We Hope To Inspire, Educate, and Entertain You Throughout Our Trip To A More Natural and Meaningful Life.