Bonafide Farm is ten acres of creatures and critters and never-ending projects tucked in between two mountain ranges in beautiful Free Union, Virginia. It’s a laboratory for an evolving list of experiments, not the least of which is seeing if I can make something beautiful out of dirt and wood and my own hard work. Since 2009 I have demolished a house, built another one, built a chicken coop, had a guinea adventure, abandoned guineas for chickens, created a garden and orchard from a bare field, landscaped a construction site, and planted more than 50 trees. Most of which while working full-time off the farm. Oh, and I am 35 years old and running this farm on my own.
I originally started this blog as a way to chronicle my house construction project. I also wanted to have a place to share my writing and photography, two areas in which I have received professional degrees and paychecks. But, as blogs tend to do, this has grown into much more than the story of building a house. It’s a memoir of building a way of life and a memory of the joy and sorrow lived here. Creating and maintaining this blog are the best decisions I made out of the myriad attendant to creating Bonafide Farm.
None of this adventure would be possible without a green tractor, the knowledge and encouragement of my parents, who are always willing to dive into the most onerous projects with me (see here, and here for a few of countless examples), and my English Shepherd, Tucker. Thanks for stopping by—I hope you enjoy your visit to Bonafide Farm.
Postscript: In September 2014 I left my farm to study horticulture with plantsmanship in Scotland at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. It has been a life dream of mine to study plants in the United Kingdom, no doubt fueled by my experiences on Bonafide Farm, and I will continue to write about my adventures in this new direction.