Live and Learn

We’ve lost count of the number of times that we’ve stood silently, morbidly, looking down upon some unfinished farm task, dirty and sweaty, perhaps even a little bloodied, and certainly tired. Always tired. And as we turned our backs on this thing that’s beaten us, one of us would mutter, “Well, live and learn, I guess.”

Learning by doing, and by failing, is how we get things done on our homestead in Lynden, Ontario. That seems to be the inevitable rule for all homesteaders. But how we let those mistakes affect us has drastically changed since we started this adventure in April 2013.

It was probably 18 months after running full steam into

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