Fala Burnette, Alabama Crafter and Homesteader
Name: Fala Burnette
Place of Residence: Ashland, Alabama
Background and Personal History: Fala grew up in Alabama’s capitol, Montgomery, and was used to big brick houses and people rushing around everywhere! But she also spent a great deal of time on her grandmother’s 40-acre farm an hour out of town, and it was there that she learned what the work of her hands could accomplish.
After graduating high school, Fala went from working part-time to full-time at an animal shelter, then continued to keep careers that dealt with animals. After she married her husband in December 2014, she left her job working as the kennel manager of a veterinary clinic, and the couple moved to Ashland, Alabama, on the land where her husband was raised.
Current Projects: Fala is building a small cabin from lumber she and her husband milled themselves. She is raising chickens, rabbits, and ducks. They are also about to enter fur-trapping season, so they will soon be setting traps and tanning furs.
Fala is creating and selling art from scrap lumber and other recycled natural materials that she sells at local flea markets, consignment shops, and craft sales. In Spring 2016, she will start growing a large crop of heirloom Indian corn that she will save to sell and make cornmeal with.
Other Fun Facts: Fala loves using scrap rough-cut lumber from her sawmill for various projects, such as a sled to haul her lumber to the cabin build site.
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