So, the homestead is going great, or as great as we can expect out of this beautiful, suburban, desert. We got our first radishes from the garden last night and they were DELICIOUS. Seriously, SO good. We also have lettuce, and swiss chard. Oh, we have Chard out the wazoo, but we have decided not to consider the chard a "first fruit" as it's actually last year's crop held over from the mild winter. And by mild I mean that it was only covered under 2 feet of snow for a couple of weeks at a time. :)
But--- we're starting to reach our limitations on this little piece of property. We are already keeping illegal chickens, and we dream of one day having a goat or 2, but I won't risk THAT- plus we just don't have enough yard for her. We planted a bunch of fruit trees this year, and we've been planting in the front yard too, but nothing we plant seems to grow- it just stays 3 inches tall. The soil is so nasty. I will say this for our little yard, though- its alive! I came home from the park with the girls the other day and there were bunnies, robins, black birds and squirrels all roaming my yard at noon day. It made me feel like Snow White- now if only I had 7 dwarves who did my bidding....
So we've been putting serious thought into where our new homestead- possibly a permanent one- should be. We had new friends over last night talking about the possibilities, and we're doing our research. And praying. Our requirements are simple, but not easy: within a day's drive of family, fertile soil, artistic AND Catholic communities, within an hour and a half of a major city- yeah, see simple, right? Not.
So does anybody have any idea of how to look for such a place? And do you want to come with us?