Choosing a New Life on the Farm

A couple start a new life on the farm in Missouri to begin their transition towards sustainable living.



A new life on the farm was just the challenge this couple was looking for.
A new life on the farm was just the challenge this couple was looking for.
PHOTO: TATJANA ALVEGAARD
A new life on the farm was just the challenge this couple was looking for.
A new life on the farm was just the challenge this couple was looking for.
TATJANA ALVEGAARD
Alice and David use rotational grazing to heal damaged croplands.
Alice and David use rotational grazing to heal damaged croplands.
TATJANA ALVEGAARD
A solar powered fence on the farm.
A solar powered fence on the farm.
TATJANA ALVEGAARD
Even the movable electric fencing for the paddocks is solar- (and human-) powered.
Even the movable electric fencing for the paddocks is solar- (and human-) powered.
TATJANA ALVEGAARD
A work in progress, this arbor has been planted with grapes and honeysuckle to provide shade.
A work in progress, this arbor has been planted with grapes and honeysuckle to provide shade.
TATJANA ALVEGAARD
A converted exercise bike serves as a water pump. Five to 10 minutes every other day is usually all that is needed to supply their daily water needs.
A converted exercise bike serves as a water pump. Five to 10 minutes every other day is usually all that is needed to supply their daily water needs.
TATJANA ALVEGAARD
The homeowners enjoy a quiet moment together.
The homeowners enjoy a quiet moment together.
TATJANA ALVEGAARD
The Dishwasher in Alice and David's house may have hands, but off-the-grid living still leaves space for several creature comforts.
The Dishwasher in Alice and David's house may have hands, but off-the-grid living still leaves space for several creature comforts.
TATJANA ALVEGAARD
The livestock pond purposely was placed at the land's highest point, so gravity would do the transportation work.
The livestock pond purposely was placed at the land's highest point, so gravity would do the transportation work.
TATJANA ALVEGAARD
To keep the operation running with as little maintenance as possible, Alice and David take advantage of natural animal tendencies.
To keep the operation running with as little maintenance as possible, Alice and David take advantage of natural animal tendencies.
TATJANA ALVEGAARD
Jenny the Guard Donkey protects sheep.
Jenny the Guard Donkey protects sheep.
TATJANA ALVEGAARD
Silkie bantam chickens help with pest control.
Silkie bantam chickens help with pest control.
TATJANA ALVEGAARD
Chart: Calculating home living costs on the farm.
Chart: Calculating home living costs on the farm.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
Chart: Average income from the farm's natural meat business.
Chart: Average income from the farm's natural meat business.
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