Hi! I talk about the animals, the garden, the farm and good things from the kitchen around here all the time. I don’t talk much about my life and how I ended up on this little farm.
I’m Candi Johns.
I am a college graduate. I majored in Art. I unintentionally minored in English ‘with an emphasis on writing’ because I took so many writing classes as electives while in college. I have always loved all things creative: drawing, painting, writing.
When I left the university, I was certified to teach Art in grades K-12 and English in grades 6-12.
I guess I could get my certification renewed if I wanted, but I don’t.
I had a 7 year career in the IT Communications world before I fell off the face of the earth to be a mom.
I had 4 babies 6 years and watched Sesame Street for approximately 10 years straight. Side note: I would have had 4 more babies, be pregnant now and still watching Sesame Street if I had my way. I love being a mom.
My husband has roots in the country and has been itching to return to some land for years. I liked the idea of owning a farm somewhere, but was not into the idea of making that farm my personal residence. I wanted to stay in the city & have a farm in the country to play on.
Inside I knew I needed to make my husbands “dream” come true.
In 2008 we bought 23 acres of land, built a house on it & moved to it.
I have been blessed since we made that decision. Our lives have completely changed. Our children are experiencing an amazing childhood because we made the “jump” to the country. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
In 2011 my husband quit his job an opened his own business. Some people would say that my husband and I opened the business. I would say I am sleeping with the owner.
From 2009- the present I have learned more that I can mention.
Some of those things include: ( To read more on the topics below, click on the underlined words)
- – pull ticks of children, dogs, cows, and myself without passing out.
- – not scream and run every time something comes buzzing around my head. Ok, confession, my kids say I still do this. Sorry.
- – raise chickens the red-neck way (without fences)
- – raise pigs in a pasture
- – load pigs into a trailer
- – slaughter a chicken
- – render lard
- – make bread
- – home canning: green beans, lima beans, peaches, berries, jelly, jam, salsa, chutney, you name it!
- – tap maple trees & make syrup
- – make moisturizer and lotion
- – shoot a deer
- – composting
- – make bone broth from beef or chicken bones
- – cook venison so it is something you would want to eat.
- – milk a cow by hand.
- – milk a cow with an electric milk pump.
- – skim milk, strain milk, and clean the milking machine
- – treat a cow with mastitis (unfortunately)
- – home dairying: how to make butter, buttermilk, cheese, ice-cream, & more
- – milk a cow once a day
- – eat a pet cow
- – kill vegetables in the garden.
- – grow vegetables in the garden.
- – kill more vegetables in the garden.
- – Drive a 4-wheeler, motorcycle, and tractor
- – Shoot a pistol.
- – shoot a shot gun.
- – shoot a revolver.
- – shoot a rifle.
- – Shoot a muzzle-loader.
- – Know the difference between a pistol, shotgun, revolver, rifle and muzzle-loader.
That’s pretty much a quick summary. I’m just an average girl. I want to live more authentically. I want to eat more healthy. And I want to raise my children in truth.
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