Sense and Sustainability: The Petite Farmstead

Hello, and welcome to The Petite Farmstead!  I’m so glad you stopped by my little plot of cyberspace – pun totally intended.

I’m Stacie, and I’m a lover of all things green and growing.  I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Montana, and I’m a (recovering) manufacturing engineer.  Two years ago, I left corporate America to work full-time as an artist and designer out of my rural Idaho home.  This also gave me the freedom and flexibility to start my little farm.

I am passionate about growing my own food, living as sustainably as I can, and supporting local farms and businesses.

For me, sustainability makes a lot of sense (and cents).  Sustainability is not a political movement for me, it’s a smart way to live.  It’s about being a good steward of resources, and cutting down on waste.  I believe that change starts with the individual. I don’t believe you can legislate sustainability (trying to achieve sustainability through government legislation is a paradox: all it does is create waste!)  Be the change you want to see.

As a manufacturing engineer, it was my job to make our processes as efficient as possible.  I’ve learned to apply those same principles to my life at home — from gardening to small tasks like laundry.  My husband thinks I’m a huge geek. He’s right.

Why this site?

This site is a product of my geeky-ness.  I wanted to have a forum in which I could share the bits of information I’ve accumulated over the years, and also where I can learn from my readers.  The main topics I’ll be covering are self-sufficiency and efficiency: growing your own food and creating processes in your life that leave you more time to do the things you enjoy.

I’ll be cranking all kinds of neat tools out, too!  Handy printable guides, scale garden plans, beautiful labels for your garden rows and canning jars, and more.  I’ll also provide tutorials for DIY projects, garden how-to’s, and more.  I’ll also be answering questions like:

  • How can I grow a garden if I don’t have land?
  • What do I plant and when do I plant it?
  • What’s a gardening zone and why do I care?
  • How can I get rid of, and even prevent, weeds?
  • I’ve grown all of this great food, but how do I preserve and store it?
  • How can I grow my own food even if I don’t have much spare time?

You can look forward to fresh content once or twice a week at first, and then more frequently over time.

I’d love to hear from you!

Got a question, comment, or opinion?  You can post questions or thoughts in the comments section of each post, or send me an email via our contact form.

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About Stacie

Stacie Humpherys is an engineer, graphic artist, and farmer who lives on her very own petite farmstead just outside of Middleton, Idaho. Say hi on Twitter.

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