Black Barn Farm | Homesteaders of Michigan Feature

Black Barn Farm Feature

Meet Kate from Galesburg, MI. Kate has been part of the Homesteaders of Michigan community since its inception in early 2019 and I was so happy to partner with her during our “A Few Of Our Favorite Things” photo challenge on Instagram, where she participated as a sponsor and donated some delicious jelly!

Tell us a little about yourselves and your background. 

My hubby grew up doing 4-H and working at his family’s wholesale greenhouse, I grew up in the same town and did various outdoor/landscaping jobs all my high school and college years. Eventually we met, and I started working at his greenhouse. We got married, had 3 kids, and started our homestead adventures over these last 10 years.

How long have you been homesteading and gardening? 

We’ve been gardening for about 6 yrs, homesteading for almost 5, since we moved to BlackBarnFarm. We’re on 3 acres just outside the tiny city of Galesburg (a 1-stoplight town!) It’s mostly wooded property, and our challenge has been felling trees for more sunlight, but we’re getting there. Don’t worry, we use all that wood for heating our home!

What initially drove you to homesteading and gardening?

We just want to utilize what’s around us, to know what we’re eating, and to keep our money local.

What are some of your long-term goals?

We definitely want to raise our own pork, eventually. I also really desire to help people get started growing their own food that have no experience or budget for it.

What is your favorite thing to grow?

Beans! Pole, bush, drying, fresh eating, all the beans! Our favorite seed companies are MIGardener and Baker Creek. 

Black Barn Farm | Homesteaders of Michigan Feature
Black Barn Farm | Homesteaders of Michigan Feature

And what about your favorite animal to raise?

Turkeys, they can be so personable and dog-like!

Do you have any other hobbies? What do you enjoy doing during your free time?

I love crafting winter decor with evergreens and other natural plantlife. Not much free time for me, but I enjoy being out in my garden and most of the other farm “activities” that happen. I also love hosting markets(vintage, farmers, etc!), and hope to start those again someday!

Kate is exploring the possibility of hosting container garden workshops in the future! Make sure to keep up with her on Instagram and Facebook so you don’t miss out.

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