Homestead Highlight: Heather Harris

My greatest inspiration in my own backyard farming adventure has been to hear the experiences of others. I invite you to read along here as Homesteaders share their adventures and experiences from their own farms, backyards, and homes.

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Today I welcome Heather to this space 
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Heather started her journey to self sufficiency and homesteading after watching the movies “Super Size Me” and “Food, Inc.” and hasn’t looked back.  She and her family live in Northern Indiana, where they enjoy raising a garden, rabbits and assorted poultry in their backyard.  You can find her blogging at The Homesteading Hippy.  Also, on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

How long have you been backyard farming?  

We have been doing it for going on 6 years now.

What got you started? 

I have always wanted to garden, and we started with growing 8ROWS of different plants (yep, 8) in a single 4×4 bed.  We didn’t get anything due to crowding, but that was the beginning for us.  We also watched the movies, “Super size me”, “Food, Inc.” and “Dive” and that was what really got us hooked on growing our own food.

What does your backyard farm look like?  Where is it?  
It’s about 1/5 an acre, and it’s outside my back door. (LOL)  We live in Northern Indiana
What has been your biggest success and  biggest mistake?  Biggest success???
 Hmmmm….I think that learning about what hasn’t worked for us has been the biggest success for us, it’s all about growing and learning for us.  Biggest mistake?  that would be trying to grow 100 plants in the aforementioned 4×4 square  foot garden, with crummy soil.
What plans do you have for the future?  

To expand our garden, go with solar power as much as possible, and reduce our garbage to nil so we can take the garbage expense out of our budget.

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