We are two kids from the city, (the sprawling metropolis of Calgary Alberta) that cashed in our cards, and headed for the hills! seeking a simpler life and simultaneously the most difficult we could imagine for our little family of three.

We found a little mountainside heaven with a loving and bustling community at it’s heart, a place where fresh clean water runs strong and the trees are old and diverse. We wake up to bears in the yard, along with elk, wild turkeys, coyotes, bats and hummingbirds. We are surrounded by forest and silence, yet we have never felt so at home and surrounded by support.

It was time to test and implements our dreams and desires to live a life a little less dependant on the fragile systems which make up the urban modern world.It was time to play with building practises and materials  we dreamed of using for years. Our combined and complimentary skills have set us up for a creative journey of Permaculture, woodwork, recycling, repurposing, gardening, raising animals, and being students and stewarts of this land.

In the spring of 2012 we will start construction of our off grid, passive solar, earth sheltered home. And until then we have many many other projects on the go…

We are growing a great amount of food using a multitude of growing techniques, and my garden is my kitchen, my security, and my classroom. My other blog eating with SOLE is focused on my passion for Sustainable Organic Local and Ethical food, and this blog is all about the day to day on the homestead.

I try to post weekly and review buildings and projects, inspirations, and lessons we have learned, and all the while as we sweat our pants off doing the most physically demanding tasks day after day… we still make time for family and friends and enjoying the abundance of life and the explorations of the majestic Kootenays.

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