What is your name and the names of your family members?
We’re Anna, Jakob, and two teenage children.
What is the name of your farm/homestead?
Actually we do not have a farm or homestead. Truth is we do not even own a single square foot of land, but we do what we can and call it Northern Home Garden.
How long have you been farming/homesteading?
All our growing up years and now five years in Canada.
Share a brief description of your farm/homestead.
We live in a rented house with a small backyard of about 2000 square feet. Our climate is cold and the growing season is short with only about 100 frost free days in a row. Our summers are cool and often stormy. Our landlord allowed us to build a geodome greenhouse and have a garden. Friends allow us to have some rows at their farm and also keep bees on their land. We are so grateful for these good people! We grow lots and lots of food in our square foot garden, in the greenhouse, and at our friend’s farm. We do not sell anything; just grow, eat and giveaway if there is a surplus.
What are you raising, growing, and doing?
We are growing most winter vegetables like cabbage and spinach, and root crops (remember we only have a short cold summer). We also grow zucchini and beans, since they do not need long to ripen. In the greenhouse we have tomatoes, cucumbers, papers, ground cherries, and even eggplants along with some strawberries. Our rented property has also an apple tree and we planted some raspberries. We’re not sure if our landlord is happy about those, but we are 😉 . We also keep some bees (two hives so far). Our daughter has bunnies as pets.
How did you get into farming/homesteading?
I grew up on a mostly self sufficient homestead, and I guess it is in my genes. 🙂
Any future plans?
We would love, love, love to own some land and to build up a real homestead, with trees, and berries and some animals (dreaming aloud).
Any funny stories to share?
Every year I grow something stupid, like a whole row of rutabaga, even if we only want to eat three of them.
Let’s Tour “Northern Home Garden”!
(Wardee: In the captions below, you’re hearing from Anna and Jakob, as they tell what is in each picture. Don’t forget to visit their blog or Flickr set for lots more!)
All ready to go in the greenhouse!
Transplanting tomatoes in the ground.
The greenhouse starting to be a jungle.
The joy of harvesting!
Square-foot gardening, a great method for little space.
Growing microgreens in the winter.
Gardening at a friends farm.
The brand new beekeeper!
First honey using the crush and strain method.
Lots more pictures at this Flickr set.