My name is Angie, and I’m the author of the new blog, Cage Free Mom. When I was 9, my family moved from a big house on a corner lot in the suburbs of Houston, TX to a 12 acre plot in a small farming community right in the middle of nowhere, complete with a full service gas station. My father dove right into the farmers life, but I fought it tooth and nail. Sure, it was neat riding horses and feeding goats and chickens, but the farming life wasn’t for me. I spent the better part of my adolescence trying my best to get away, usually succeeding by being lost in books or my own writing. In fact, I tried so hard that I eventually ended up about as far away as I could possibly get. After choosing a random spot on the map when my husband was discharged from the military, we wound up in Seattle, WA where we began to build a new life for ourselves. We had our daughter and made great friends. It was there that we got our first taste of homesteading along with a natural lifestyle, a term I’ve endearingly labeled as “crunchy”. The transition was gradual, but we’ve now found ourselves back in Texas, with a big interest in homesteading. Don’t worry, the irony has not been lost on me.
While we are still within city limits, we started our first family garden this year, and have plans to move to the country and buy a few acres so we can raise our own animals, grow our own veggies, and start a small orchard of fruit and nut trees. It’s been a learning process, but every day we take another step closer to a simpler, more natural life.
This blog is a fun way for me to share what we learn along the way, and to show that it is possible for a couple of twenty-somethings who survived in the city on fast food and junk food to transition into adults wanting to give back to the land and live in the purest, simplest way we can. I hope you enjoy our journey!