We are a Christian homeschooling family of four who felt called to move out of the suburbs and into the country where we could grow produce, raise animals and become more self-sufficient. Being city-folk, we have little experience with living in the country, but for various reasons we all felt the desire to embark on this journey. So in May 2014, we moved from Portland, Oregon to rural Willamette Valley, about an hour south of Portland.
One of the primary reasons for moving was the desire for our boys to grow up outdoors having room to roam and to be the boys God created them to be. In addition to this freedom there would also be work, chores and the lessons learned from doing this work well. Funny how God is teaching all of us these same lessons!
On Salt Creek Acres, we have started with a few Dwarf Nigerian Goats not only for their wonderful milk, but they are just really neat animals. We have about a dozen chickens for eggs, and plan to grow many varieties of fruits and veggies for sharing and preserving. We also have an orchard with about 30 fruit trees, mainly apple and pear. We hope to add some blueberries if our soil type allows. Our hope is that we can manage these resources in the most natural way possible by reducing or eliminating as many chemicals as we can.
We look forward to sharing these experiences, as we transition from “city slickers” to homesteaders, with friends, family and anyone else that is interested. We do hope you may learn something here too!
We hope you will follow along on our journey, and we welcome your comments and ideas, as we are all learning as we go!
The Espalin Family