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Life on the Ranch: The Story of a Rural Homesteader-Artist

Life on the Ranch: The Story of a Rural Homesteader-Artist

Life on the ranch in Southern Colorado is a unique experience and one that I'm proud to share. As a homesteader artist, I have had the opportunity to create art and stories inspired by my new home and lifestyle. In this blog post, I'll be sharing my journey from city living to rural homesteader and how it has impacted my creative output. Join me as I reflect on the challenges, changes, and joys of living life on the ranch!

Two young turkeys, on a fowl farm in rural colorado
On Grey Fox Ranch, Boncarbo Colorado we have more than just chickens. We have Turkeys, Ducks, and Quail.

My Interview: Discussing my life on the ranch and artwork

During my latest interview, I had the opportunity to share my experiences as a rural artist and homesteader. We talked about everything from my daily routine on the ranch to the challenges of transitioning from city life to rural living. Find the link at the bottom!

One of the topics we covered was my love of woodworking. It's something I've always been passionate about and it's been a valuable skill to have as a homesteader. Whether it's creating hand-carved bowls or constructing animal shelters, I love using my hands to create something practical and useful.

We also talked about my fowl farm. Raising chickens, ducks, and other fowl has been a rewarding experience and provides a valuable source of food for my family. It's been interesting learning about the different breeds and how to care for them, and I've even been able to use their feathers in my artwork.

quail egg on a nest of hemp twine
The mix of quail eggs and hemp twine are a tactile dream.

Speaking of art, I shared with my interviewer about my tactile wall weavings. These pieces incorporate natural materials like wool and upcycled fabric and add a unique touch to the décor of my home. It's been exciting to combine my love of art with my rural lifestyle and to find ways to create pieces that reflect the beauty of nature.

Being a rural artist and homesteader has been an amazing journey, and I'm grateful for every moment. It's challenging at times, but it's also incredibly fulfilling to be able to live off the land and create art inspired by the natural beauty of my surroundings.

A mix of woodworking and art. Functional side tables are made here on my Southern Colorado Ranch.

As a rural homesteader-artist, my life is always evolving with new goals and aspirations. One of my biggest dreams for the future is to expand my fowl farm and continue to produce organic eggs for my community. In addition to this, I have plans to further develop my woodworking skills and create more functional art pieces for my home and others.

Woodworking has become a passion of mine, and I find joy in using reclaimed materials from the mountains surrounding my ranch. I love the challenge of taking a piece of wood that has been discarded and creating something beautiful and functional out of it.

I also want to continue exploring the mountain life and finding new ways to live sustainably off the land. There is always more to learn when it comes to organic living, and I'm excited to see how I can further incorporate these practices into my daily routines.

In the end, my goal is to continue building a thriving community of homesteaders, farmers, and artists who share a love for this way of life. I hope to inspire others to pursue their passions and find joy in the simple pleasures that come with living off the land. I'm excited about what the future holds, and I can't wait to see where this journey takes me.

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