Yesterday I drove about an hour north of the Twin Cities to meet up with Jennifer Peterson of Duskwind Farms. Jennifer, her husband Chuck and daughter Ilana (age 1.5) moved to Pine City last June with a goal towards a sustainable lifestyle. (I know Jennifer because she is a Horizons blogger and we met at the Minnesota Voices Online Unconference.)
They have 5 cows, 2 huge rabbits, 7 sheep, 2 donkeys, 5 dogs and a cat. They are about to get 50 hens. They live off the meat, eggs, and produce from the farm. They live in a house that they built themselves; it’s about 300 square foot with some of the best looking hardwood floor I have ever seen. They don’t have indoor plumbing, electricity or consistent cell phone coverage.
Jennifer maintains a blog about their farm to help inform others who might be interested in living a self-sustained life. She has a community of other modern homesteaders that she knows online. As she points out, they have chosen this lifestyle. The lack of plumbing and electricity do not seem to be hardships for them – but the lack of broadband is because it is shutting them out of the information and community that they need.
As it stands now they get online at the local library. It’s a lifeline – but it’s not enough. I’ll let her speak for herself on the video below.