"In 2017 My True Love Gave To Me... 5 Rolling Acres (4 happy farmers, 3 playful kitties, 2 gay roosters, and a home of our very own)"
Something incredible happens when you drive south on WI Highway 63 over the Pierce County line from the St, Croix Valley. The landscape goes from flat cornfields, flat roads, and flat prairies to an abundance of twists, turns, and rolling hills. We used to make the drive frequently from Baldwin to Ellsworth to buy cheese from the famous Ellsworth Creamery and I remember thinking just how beautiful the land was in this part of the region. I can even remember suspecting that we would one day end up here, calling this home. To have a beautiful old farmhouse of our own is a wonderful accomplishment and exactly what we were looking for, but to have this land, these 5 beautiful acres, is a dream come true. To think of all the things we want to do here makes my stomach flip. Bees, sheep, horses, goats. Bonfires, reunions, barbeques, and parties. I can't wait to have a dedicated production space in an outbuilding on property to make soap, to have classes, and a gift shop. Farm yoga will be a thing here. Next year, Chris will be growing all the luffa for our scrubs right here, on our land. A future CSA is more than a pipe dream, it's a real possibility. Can you see it? Weekly farm baskets filled with fresh, local, in-season produce, the latest scent of natural lotion and soap fresh from the kitchen. What we can provide for the community is abundant; fresh eggs, fresh food, a place to gather and to grow. We live here, but this land will be shared. One day, if we get that far, we wish to open a Farmstay resort complete with Yurt-style eco-modern cabins, each one with it's own garden for daily picking. A guest house with community kitchen for making meals or curling up with a book. Horseback riding, goat petting, and, most importantly, slowing down will all be part of the experience. A lot of people ask me what YB Urban? stands for. I tell them...This. All the beauty and all the possibility we couldn't get in the city. Our interests outgrew that 16x20 foot patio, and we were suffocating under the fluorescent lights. We needed stars and rainbows, grass our kids could take off their shoes and run in, a space to create, a home for our critter friends to reside, and for all of us to grow as big as we can, without walls, without boundaries.