We are located on about four acres in the quiet countryside of Plymouth, Indiana. We are a family of six who are passionate about living intentionally, learning, growing, creating, playing, cultivating community, and celebrating curiosity.
We homeschool our children, but if we fit in any type of homeschooling box, Wildschooling and Unschooling best describe our approach. We follow the moons’ cycles and draw from nature and the natural rhythms of life as our inspiration. We love our land and all it has to teach us and feel called to share and be a place that folks of all ages can gather and feel connected to nature and those around us.
We raise KuneKune pigs, an assortment of rare breed Chickens, Goats, Guinea Fowl, have plans to add Honey Bees in the Spring of 2019, and who knows what’s next.
When we moved in, there were close to two acres of perfectly mowed grass, with beautiful trees spread throughout and a large open area in the middle. Well, we mowed it all once and decided to let the ‘West Woods’ go wild and add winding trails through. There, we find many Wild Edibles our family enjoys eating regularly- Black Raspberries, Dandelions, Autumn Olives, Elderberries, Walnuts, Hickory nuts, Morels and Oyster Mushrooms, to name a few. We tap our thirty-some Black Walnut trees for the best syrup we’ve ever tasted! We make hay with a scythe from the open, grassy area, and we all spend a great deal of time out there, enjoying the wildlife in our growing and ever-changing version of a food forest.
The whole property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. We have a true-circular barn that was built around 1911. We purchased this homestead in 2012 from John’s Great Aunt, Anita Fox, who lived here with her husband, Clem, and four children, for 45 years previously.
John is a Carpenter and Amanda Jo is a Photographer & Artist. We are in the slow process of turning our garage into a workshop and eventually, our basement into a working craft space with a dark room. Together, we teach a monthly class to children, ages 5-10, at Heartland Artists School of Art in Plymouth that vary in medium and revolve around the Native American named moon cycles.
We keep things pretty minimalist in the house and we both love to create toys and tools for our family to use. We are always, really always, working on at least ten different projects at once! We also love to grow things and have a large garden, with some raised beds, a gourd tunnel, and trellises outside. We do use all organic processes & draw inspiration from permaculture practices. We have added all sorts of fruits and trees around the property and are constantly dreaming, planning, and working to grow more food to feed our family and share with friends.
We have had three of our four children at home, in the water, and are very big home birth advocates. After experiencing our first home birth, Amanda Jo found a passion in home birth photography. Now that we are so busy here on the farm, she has decided to focus her energies here at home and end her photography business that she ran for over ten years, but…still can’t turn down a chance to photograph a home birth! We do everything with our kids and absolutely love, no matter how difficult it gets, watching and nurturing them as they grow-what a gift!