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Hello, I’m Teri Page.
About my Family
In 1999, my then boyfriend, now husband Brian decided to attend a sustainable living skills internship in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. I was offered an opportunity to work-trade in the organic garden. For four months, I hauled manure, tended seeds, watered beds, and made compost, and by the end of the summer, I had been transformed. My eyes had been opened to the possibilities of small-scale organic agriculture, and no longer was I content to source plastic-packaged food from the grocery. Yearning to grow our own food, we moved to a rental cabin on 35 acres and our homesteading journey began. From gardening and food preservation, to raising chickens, ducks, goats, bees, and pigs, we developed dozens of homesteading skills. And of course we made many, many mistakes along the way.
After giving birth to our two children in 2007 and 2010, we began to question our next step. Although we adored our home in a sweet cabin next to a creek, and had built an impressive homestead on the rental property, we yearned for land of our own. But the reality was that we simply could not afford to purchase land in Oregon AND live the simple, land-based life that we wished for.
In October, 2012 my family of four packed up our Oregon homestead of 13 years and moved next door to good friends in Northeast Missouri, where land is cheap, building codes are lenient, and opportunities for alternative building and off-grid living abound. Here we are building a radical homestead on 10 acres of raw land. We are creating and cultivating organic gardens and planting food forests while we build an off-grid, 350 square foot tiny home.
Living without debt has meant some pretty radical lifestyle choices. For example, we lived without electricity for over a year and a half before installing a solar electric system. We also live without running water, using rainwater catchment and our homestead pond to meet all of our water needs. I recently wrote an eBook that describes all the details of our off-grid lifestyle.
The decision to move to Missouri and start a brand new homestead was not an easy one, but it came from a strong desire to live in close community with friends, to own a piece of land on which we can grow our own food and live in harmony with nature, and most importantly, to live simply and without debt, so we can spend more time as a family, doing what we love.