We were both born in Rockville, Maryland, a suburb of Washington D.C. and unknowingly moved within 30 minutes of each other in the country when we were kids. We both embraced the lifestyle that set us apart from our siblings. We knew that we would move to the city temporarily for school and work but ultimately we’d end up back in a place with more cows than people.
After Chris and I met, we attempted an “urban homestead” on our patio while in Baltimore City and we were wholly unsuccessful. Our tomatoes, while big and juicy appearing on the outside, would rot and taste like the city sewer system. Not to mention, the city rats one night – whilst enjoying the warm Spring weather themselves – rolled out of the tomato plants screeching during a romantic meal. If you’ve never seen a Baltimore City rat, just imagine a ballsy rodent the size of a small dog. We even tried a mini-greenhouse which kept out rodents but did not produce as much produce as we had hoped.
When we finally made the jump from the city to Frederick County, MD, we tore up the front yard and put a garden in as soon as we could. It was very successful! We were able to provide some fresh produce to our neighbors and canned the remainder.
Now that we’ve moved to Smithsburg, we’ve got big plans! We’re working on rehabbing the house, adding some more fruit and nut trees to the property and planting a large garden – and that’s just to start. Looking forward to sharing our journey with you!
“Grow Old Along With Me, the Best is Yet to Be”