Physically, The Homestead is the land where we plant the garden, and also the land where we grow our hay crop every year. The garden and home where we plant the garden each year we call “Grams” because it belonged to our loving Grandparents-which we we’re lucky to have with us until well into our adult years. Before that, it belonged to our Great-Grandparents. The home that stands there was built by our Great-Grandpa in the 1930’s and his brother built the same floor plan, an exact twin, right next door as well – which is also still standing, but no longer in the family. You’ll likely notice a cabin in many of my posts and photos. It’s been a bit of a landmark for the area, and holds a dear place in our hearts. It was a bunk house for the farm hands that lived and helped work the land when it was a homestead and sheep farm in the early 1900’s.
Before the current home was built, the whole family (brothers, cousins, etc) lived together in a home on the property until it burned down. That resulted in them having to live in tents, with neighbors, and other family members during that time – and even through Utah winters for a time.
The Farm, which we still hay, is part of that original 160 acre homestead as well and is only a half mile up the road from Grams. Dad was so proud that we were listed among the Utah Centennial Farms back in 1990, and proudly placed our centennial sign inside his brand new shop he built on the property just a year and a half before he passed away.
We realize that having this land in our family for 130 years is extremely rare and we are so incredibly grateful to our family keeping this dirt under our feet for this long. Now the torch has been passed to us, and we will do everything we know, and learn along the way to improve the land for the 6th generation that will hopefully carry on this torch that is burning in our hearts. We are learning, and being led by the absolute best extended family and farm-friends around the area. I’m so thankful for their kind hearts and willingness to answer my stupid questions and help us all learn.
We invite you to come along with us on this journey. It’s been a heck of a whirlwind so far, and we have new things to learn and adapt to coming up in our future.