In July 2008
West Central Wisconsin, United States
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Janelle M., 7 years, 10 months ago

I admire your ambition! Good luck!

Jayne Bielecki, 7 years, 9 months ago

Hello all, I have just added a wonderful and new selection of photos from our backyard or the "back 40" as they say around these parts :) Enjoy, Jayne

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About This Project 

In December of 2006 my husband and I purchased an old homestead built in the 1930's. As DIYers our goal is to up-date the old house and make it as energy efficient as possible using environmentally-friendly construction and renovation techniques. We are working on natural farming (permaculture) techniques to enhance the environment through increased biodiversity, creation of top soil, and erosion prevention. We hope to sell our naturally-grown products to local restaurants, residents, and at farmers' markets while still providing for our needs and decreasing our consumerism. We want a sustainable lifestyle and farm. So far we have replaced the contaminated well, planted 50 trees, restored the natural prairie, planted an herb garden and started renovations. We have so much more to do. Our plans include solar installation (staying on grid), a passive solar sun room, a rain catchment system, and constructing out buildings for future farm animals... It's a lot of work, but The Homestead is a lifestyle, a love, and a lifetime of environmentalism that will have a local and global impact.

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Do-It-Yourself Green Maure for Any Garden in November 2008 by Jayne Bielecki

Hello there! As The Homestead prepares for winter we continue to plan for spring. Check out how to use green manure for healthy soil and sustainable, environmentally friendly gardening. Enjoy! Jayne

Attedning the Largest Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair in August 2008 by Jayne Bielecki

Good Evening,
We lucked out and found ourselves a great resource on renewable energy and sustainable living. Check out this post and get connected to most cutting-edge environmental information out there. You can make plans for June 2009!

The Homestead-The mail must get through in August 2008 by Jayne Bielecki

Hello! Just brief update about a small project we completed over the weekend...

About 4-5 months ago our mailbox was attacked. Mailbox bashing occurs occasionally in rural areas and ours was a victim. It was mounted a sturdy post which was broken off at the base. This isn't typical of most mailbox violence. Many times teenagers/young adults will use baseball bats to hit the mailbox with while driving by. Our mailbox didn't have a scratch on it. We still can't quite figure out how it happened.

As a quick fix we filled a large bucket with sand and rocks and placed the remainder of the post in it. We then tied it with twine to a metal fence post. This worked well for a month or so, but the top heavy mailbox soon began to lean to one side. We decided it was time to fix it before the mail carrier became too frustrated with us. :)

So last weekend, we spent a few hours digging out the old post and mounting the mailbox on a new post. The didn't take too long and only cost a $2.00 for new post.

On Monday when Greg picked up the mail there was a little note with a big smiley face on it. It read, "Thank you!" and was signed by the mail carrier. Sometimes simple things make someone's day.

Now we are preparing to add on the sun room! More on that later.

Take care, Jayne