Our 21st Century Homestead

Ellen and Harvey Ussery met at a Zen monastery in the Catskill Mountains of New York state more than two decades ago. The initial spark of interest flared into true love when they discovered a mutual passion for compost. They soon married and bought two and a half acres homestead in northern Virginia, with the goal of learning to produce more of their own food. They now garden about 7,000 square feet, and manage one acre of pasture, where they have tried a number of innovative growing techniques.

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