An announcement

Many of you know this, and the rest of you have probably guessed, but N and I found Quiet Farm. (We’re not changing our website, however.) We closed on the property in early August and have just now gotten all of our things moved from the Front Range over to our (new to us) house. We heard too many horror stories about unscrupulous, lazy and irresponsible moving companies, so we opted to do the whole move ourselves. N had plenty of experience driving a 25-foot RV, so driving a 26-foot box truck couldn’t be much different, right? (P.S. We sold the RV. Bittersweet, but it served its purpose for our transient summer. And it’s just right down the road from us, so we can visit it if we want!)

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Quiet Farm is a ten-acre parcel just outside of Cedaredge, on Colorado’s Western Slope. We’re tucked under the Grand Mesa and surrounded on three sides by apple orchards; to the south we can see all the way to the San Juan Mountains. Just over eight acres of the property is in pasture, but both the land and the house have been essentially abandoned and unloved for about five years. It will take a lot of time and hard work and water to regenerate the pasture; historically it’s always been alfalfa, but we’re looking at other drought-tolerant options, too – maybe hops or quinoa?

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Our vision for Quiet Farm is an organic teaching farm and cooking school. We plan to build a certified commercial kitchen in a detached garage on the property. We’ll offer classes on everything from healthy cooking basics to bread baking to canning and preserving to beekeeping to fermentation to knife skills, and any other homesteading topics that our guests might be interested in. We’ll keep laying hens for eggs and pest control, goats for milk and entertainment, beehives and extensive vegetable and perennial plantings. We want to be part of the community and host potluck suppers and farm tours and coffee klatches and food swaps. We want to showcase the amazing fruit and animals and people this part of Colorado offers. We want Quiet Farm to be an agritourism destination.

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We’ll post regular farm updates here, with before-and-after pictures so you can see our progress. It took us three years to find Quiet Farm, and we’ve got a lot of work to do to fully realize our vision, but we’re exactly where we want to be. Thank you for joining us on this journey, and we’re so much looking forward to all of the incredible adventures ahead. We can’t wait to share Quiet Farm with you!

 

27 thoughts on “An announcement

  1. Congratulations! I can’t wait to visit and learn. If you grow hops, keep us in mind. B and I are on a journey to open a brewery in Fraser soon. We are sourcing all of our grains and hops locally:)
    Cheers!

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  2. I am so very happy for your guys! I cannot wait to read and see all the pictures of your growth of Quiet Farm. Congratulations and many happy days ahead for you guys! Cheers! xx

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  3. Though I am still coming to the realization that after living 30 minutes apart for the past 10 years we now live 5 hours apart, my heart is full knowing that you and N have found your new home. I know your farm will be successful. I am so happy you have finally realized your dream and though it was a lot of hard work and much more work to come, you did not give up and hope you find peace and joy at Quiet Farm. I cannot wait to see it. #thankgodforfreetexting. All our love, always.

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  4. Congratulations!!! I am excited to see how you transform your new home and am really looking forward to your cooking lessons.

    xoxo

    Chris

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  5. Congratulations!! Beyond happy for you! Can’t wait to see the farm’s transformation over time and very much looking forward to visiting!

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  6. I AM SOOOOOO HAPPY FOR THE TWO OF YOU! Even from a distance, the farm looks tranquil and lovely. It found the right parents 🙂. I’ll look forward to your pics and progress…….exciting!

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  7. Congratulations! We are so happy for you! I will look forward to watching your progress and planning a visit!! I still need that bread baking class!!

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  8. I had a meeting with your girls a bit ago, they are all excited about getting to the farm. Thinking it may be best to overwinter them here and move them in the spring, it’s up to you.

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    • Hi Jim, we can definitely overwinter the bees at yours! We trust your bee judgment entirely and are definitely looking forward to having a number of hives out at the farm. Thanks for the long-term housing!

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  9. Congrats!! So happy for you both and can’t wait to come by and visit and maybe take a class 🙂 Will miss you on the eastern slope, but looking forward to following your progress and blog.

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