Humble Garden

ReSkilling for future food independence

About us

Posted by Nika On June - 1 - 2007

Welcome to our very Humble Garden!

We will be blogging our journey as we finally build our raised beds, our chicken house, our wood shed, and the biomass microgenerator that will power and heat these things.

We are a family of 5, including Nika, Ed, Q (14), KD (7), and Baby Oh (4). We live in rural Central Massachusetts on land that is mostly coniferous and deciduous forest. We live in the 5b zone but likely have some characteristics of a more northern region as we are at about 1100 feet.

We get snow when the bottom of the hill doesnt. We get snow when eastern MA doesnt. We live in “snow alley” here in MA though, with recent global warming effects, we have not been getting much winter like weather and our snow storms have been much less impressive. We depend on slow release snow for our water so snow is not a bad thing.

We are growing our garden in the organic way with a goal of a permaculture loop that includes plants and animals as well as all the creepy crawlies.

Chickenalia: chickens out for sun and food

Our animals now include a medium sized home flock of some 35 layers and roosters, 1 duck, and 11 female LaMancha dairy goats named:

  • Torte
  • Oat
  • Amaranth
  • Rye
  • Spelt
  • Millet
  • Maize
  • Luna
  • Felicity
  • Calliope
  • Emily

Kids nursing

We also have a guard llama named Misty.

Shy Misty: Newly adopted llama

I urge you to leave comments throughout the blog with your knowledge and insights, its all appreciated.


We have three companion blogs, some of which we have been running for years before this blog. If you would like to visit those go to either of these three links:

Nika’s Culinaria – Culinary Photography and foodie talk

Peaknix – Living the peak of just about everything including peak oil

Raw+Simple – Exploration of the raw food lifestyle, raw food recipes and techniques

About Me

We are a family of 5, including Nika, Ed, Q (14), KD (7), and Baby Oh (4). We garden 1024 square feet of raised beds plus assorted permacultural plantings. We also have 13 LaMancha dairy goats, 40 chickens, and one guard llama.



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