Meet The Farmers

City girl meets country boy.  Sounds like an overly romantic recipe for disaster, yes?

Although the relationship began with a story you think would be prime time entertainment, it is the true story of our lives.  Neither one of us was planning on anything like it.  And although it hasn’t been smooth sailing, we’ve both learned quite a bit about the opposite world—and wouldn’t change it for anything.


Meet The Farmer:  Country boy—and I do mean country.  Until recently, most of the country folk you meet around here were born in one of two different mid-wives’ homes.  Roughly 80% of our population were homesteaded their land in the original Homestead Act in 1862.

Since then, the land has been used to farm—as has most of the land in our area.  Our county is covered in family farms run by country integrity, and most of them remain highly self-sufficient to this day.

The Farmer attended mechanics school at university level, and now serves as the head of our home, and this small family farm struggling to hold on to vintage values.


Meet The Farmer’s Wife:  City girl—the second largest city in the United States while she was growing up.  With big dreams to take on the world, this city girl studied engineering in Moscow before coming back home to serve as a nuclear power specialist for the USN and then following up with multiple degrees in the health care field, and working in open-heart surgery and trauma before joining a large medical organization and traveling to third world countries and falling in love with not just the honest, loving people there, but also the self-sufficient country life as well.


Two separate worlds collided with one chance phone call… And it’s been a magical adventure since then.


As we considered a courtship and marriage, both seemed highly unlikely as I was stubborn and didn’t want to give up all the benefits of city life, and my career.  But once I tasted the homestead life, things changed…

Although I tried to keep my career which meant frequent traveling multiple times a week, it became apparent after the first few children that neither a farm nor a homestead can be successfully run unless both partners are present and active.

Thus began my new life in my new role as the help meet I was created to be—the farmer’s wife.


Meet The Farmers:  Self-sufficient homesteading farmers.  We are a semi-large farming family.  Do you buy wheat?  Barely?  Potatoes?  Quinoa?  Soy beans?  Alfalfa or sainfoin for your animals?  Angus for your refrigerator?  Then just perhaps our paths have crossed.

We have a half acre vegetable garden, an orchard, a pumpkin patch, (of course flower gardens) and hundreds of animals we manage over a thousand acres of land.  And most of the time, it’s just us.

Work hard.  But play… harder.  We are no stranger to down home country hosting—or a good ol’ fashioned shin dig.  And, might I add, snow sledding will never be the same once you’ve been for a ride in the Rockies.


I hope you’ll grab some coffee and stick around for our hardworking adventure as I follow my husband’s lead in the only life he’s ever known and the one that’s been growing on me over the last decade.  And if you have some tips for me, I’d love to learn from your experience as well.

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  1. Hi, I’m Angie…a Jesus Freak, also in the mountains…Utah…and trying to find a bigger place to move (acreage-wise). I am just starting with chickens and looking forward to goats and cows!
    Glad to meet you!

    • Nice to meet you Angie. Utah is a pretty place, I get there every so often myself. I hear they have amazing sand dunes which I have yet to check out. Chickens are a great place to start, I’d suggest a milk goat next, and then the cow(s). Thanks for introducing yourself. I hope to see you around here often 🙂 .

  2. Loved you plan/ideas for no more tomato cages. What area of the country do you live in, and what are high tunnels? You have a lot of great ideas!

    • We live in the heart of the Rocky Mountains–it can be quite challenging at times, but we love the remoteness. It grows on you…
      A high-tunnel is like a very large green house with a high ceiling built right into the ground. You plant your garden in the soil in it and it extends your growing season both in the spring and in the fall. The one I want is 90 feet long. [Sigh] Someday…

  3. I am so excited that I found your blog!! My husband and I both grew up on medium size family farms (livestock and grain producers) and have been longing, planning and working so hard to make that a reality for ourselves. We would like to take it one step further and be as self-sufficient as possible. You could say I’m the “prepper” of the family. We have one small daughter and I am trying to prepare us for whatever may happen in this crazy world. I’ve learned so much and gained so much insight from just one of your posts. I can’t wait to sit down with some hot tea and read through the rest!

    • Welcome Savannah. It sounds like we could be fast friends 🙂 . We never think of ourselves as preppers until someone runs into us shopping and then usually asks us then. 🙂 . We just smile…
      I hope to inspire you here. Things can get bad so fast, and with your little responsibility I believe you are wise in these goals. I’m glad to have you here!

  4. I found your blog because when I typed in GraceHomestead to create my twitter it said it was taken 🙁 So of coarse I did Grace_Homestead and had to look you up :D. Twitter is very very new to me. Love your blog!! I just inherited the Grace family farm in KY (Great grandparents raised 15 children here)! I am 4th generation Grace to be here and excited to start this journey. It has been a nonworking farm for at least 15 years :/ SO I have a lot of work in front of me! I have also been writing blog posts but havent created my blog just yet.

  5. Graybeard-clan

    May 6, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Howdy Graybeard here
    I found your site while searching for “What Asparagus Grows Best in the Rocky Mountains High Elevation?” We live at 9,000 ft. in the southwest corner of Colorado, with 12,000ft. peaks in any direction. San Juan Forest commonly referred as the most rugged part of the Rocky Mountains.

    I have my own patch of about 30 plants that I planted 3 summers ago and this summer makes the 4th year. So, you know what that means!?! ha!

    The reason I was looking for more plants was because I had a little Vole problem last summer and now I have a few spots that I need to fill back in. Them little suckers would chew the root up and pull the stalk down into the hole like a Bugs Bunny Cartoon. Ha! I set up some homemade PVC pipe bait traps, but won’t know if I got them yet until the snow finishes melting off of the patch and they start growing again. The chipmunks don’t bother them.

    Anyway, I just thought that I would say, Hi and introduce myself to you and Mr Farmer.

    Oh, and when you said in a comment above that people would ask you at the grocery store if you were a prepper and you would just smile… well, I am smiling right now.

    Be Blessed and Keep Being a Blessing

    • Howdy Graybeard 🙂 . I think if it was me, I’d keep some seeds from the asparagus if you know it does well. And maybe check out my post on how to get rid of gophers 😉 .

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