Firsthand Report: What We Learned Going Back to the Land

Going back to the land was a long held dream for these longtime readers. With planning, inspiration, and hard work, they created a retirement homestead in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado.



Back to the Land - A-frame house
This cozy A-frame house enabled Bruce and Carol McElmurray's move back to the land in the mountains of Colorado.
PHOTO: BRUCE AND CAROL MCELMURRAY
Back to the Land - garden boxes
Rather than trap native wildlife, Bruce built wood and wire fortresses to protect the garden plants.
BRUCE AND CAROL MCELMURRAY
Back to the Land - house interior
A carefully chosen woodstove keeps the McElmurray’s cozy A-frame warm during Colorado winters.
BRUCE AND CAROL MCELMURRAY
Back to the Land - Carol and Bruce
Carol and Bruce enjoy the peace and the beauty their home affords.
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Outdoor Smoker
An outdoor smoker is perfect for preparing dinners to eat at a table made of timber from their lot.
BRUCE AND CAROL MCELMURRAY
Back to the Land - snowbound house
More than 200 inches of snow per year means hours of exercise scraping and shoveling!
BRUCE AND CAROL MCELMURRAY











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