Welcome to Crossbuckle Homestead! We are Sarah and Jonathan and we’ll be the first to admit that we fail—a lot! Lids didn’t seal on the batch of jam we just canned? Check. Chopped down a tree right onto a fence you just finished building yourself? Check. Flooded the basement multiple times when your hippy-dippy rainwater catchment system overflowed? Check. Lost chickens to ravenous raccoons because you didn’t secure their coop well enough? Also, check. After all, we don’t come from homesteading or farming backgrounds. The last people in our families to even remotely pursue what we are doing were our great grandparents who lived through the Great Depression. So why did we decide to give up our cushy city life for over 35 acres in rural Indiana?
The short of it is we both enjoy learning, developing new skills, and pushing the boundaries of what we are capable of. Additionally, we enjoy food, cooking, and being mindful of what we eat and the environment we live in. To this end, we want to be more intentional; to reclaim ownership and responsibility for as many things in our life as possible, which is where we discovered homesteading. The virtues of homesteading—being more self-sufficient, being producers rather than consumers, being prepared for ill times, and being connected to the environment through food—really resonates with us so we started small. We so enjoyed the little victories of our first garden harvest and “putting up” our first batch of pickles that it made up for all the times we failed along the way and pushed us to keep going. Slowly but surely we kept growing into new endeavors, like soap making, to the point where we decided to make the ultimate leap to pursue homesteading on a much larger scale in the country!
Now with lots of land to manage, animals to take care of, and projects galore, we hope our trial by fire journey will inspire and help you in some way on your own journey. Join us as we pursue the homesteading dream!
A Little More about Us
If you want to know a little more about us, below are a few facts you may or may not find compelling
· We met in graduate school and both have master degrees in Archaeology and Anthropology.
· In addition to homesteading, we both work fulltime. Sarah sells agricultural and turf equipment and Jonathan works in higher education.
· Our preferred beverages are gin and bourbon.
· We do not have any offspring, nor do we want any.
· The last concert we attended we saw Alice in Chains and Korn