Welcome to Back to Basics Homestead

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The Cormier family would like to formally welcome you to Back to Basics Homestead, our new piece of heaven we'll be working with to become more self sufficient in the food, energy and economic sense.  We chose the name Back to Basics Homestead because our goal is to simplify our lifestyle while learning some old school trades/crafts, learning to be more self sufficient... the theme back to basics just fit.  Read our About Us page for more background information and our old blog Sustainable Urban Homestead where we started this lifestyle change.  We worked on our self sufficiency goals in our Urban/City Homestead, and took those learns skills with us to the country.  Which brings us to where we are today...

Our house is a newer home with in-law suite built on a 2 acre piece of land where an old farm house once stood.  Still on the property is a large shed where we currently house tools and tractor.  My parents live in the in-law suite and travel south for the winter, lucky them ;o)  The 2 acres is plenty for our plans for now, but hopefully we'll be able to purchase some of the land behind our home down the road.

We currently have a basic row garden, about 20' x 5o', growing potatoes, corn, carrots, tomatoes, bush/pole beans, cucumbers, etc... the staples of a Canadian garden.  Our plans however are to convert this row garden to a walkable raised bed garden system and implement other growing techniques like Potato Towers and other vertical growing methods to maximize our space.  A greenhouse, cold/hot frames are also in the works to extend our growing season up here in the north.

Planting a small fruit orchard of Apples and cherries in the back is part of our first five years plan and some grapes in the front.  Back yard plans also include a cobblestone deck with pergolas for more grapes and hemlock horse style fencing to define our property lines and segregate the different parts of the yard.

As you can see, after only just over 6mths in our new home, we do have many plans ;o)  Of course those will change and evolve, but you need to have a general direction if you're going to move forward at all.

Hope you join us in our quest to be more self sufficient and share your experiences as well by commenting and visiting.  We're always looking for new information and personal experiences so feel free to share ;o)

A few more pictures as the house and property looked in August 2011, our first summer

  

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Our Garden in July & August 2011

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Our 2011 garden was not planted with much planning involved.  This was our first garden and there were already strawberries planted in a row from the previous year.  We planted best we could just to get things going.  This year we planted Potatoes, Radish, Yellow/Green Bush Beans, Pole Beans, 2 typs of Corn, Cucumbers, Snow Peas, small string of Carrots, pumpkins of course for Halloween, Lettuces and of course lots of Tomatoes.  We also have a Raspberry and Blackberry patch we're nursing along behind our Tool Shed/Garage.

More pictures to come!!

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