Our family was faced with a challenge. We needed to make big changes for our health on a budget. When I dug up the lawn that first year, I was hoping to grow food. I had no idea I would discover a whole new way to live.

Growing vegetables led to butchering my first chicken, building a greenhouse and an outdoor oven. Our family of 6 didn’t leave and buy land in the country. We stayed in our small house just a few blocks from downtown.

Our life isn’t typical, with four daughters who raise backyard animals, bake sourdough and make sauerkraut. I never expected that moving compost and growing vegetables would become a passion, but I accidentally fell in love with this simple, homegrown life. I’m now convinced, it’s the richest life there is.