Hello, I guess a simple introduction is in order. My name is Aaron, welcome to my blog!
This whole adventure began for me back in 2012 when I began raising chickens and growing my own food in the back yard of my suburban home in Minneapolis, MN. At this same time I was becoming aware of all the nasty crap that was in my food. You know what I mean: hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, CORN… I could go on! This led to an intense awareness of just how far from “the old ways” society had moved away from, as well as a curiosity of how to get back to them. I began researching some of these old techniques on the internet and soon I was making my own soap, toothpaste, cheese & anything else I could think of. I learned how to can and dehydrate the wonderful bounty that was coming from my garden. I even began raising rabbits for meat. I wanted to make all my food myself, either from growing it or buying it organically. I also had an intense draw towards living more simply. I looked around my home and saw nothing but “stuff.” I realized how much money and time was spent in just acquiring “stuff.” It was time to stop dreaming and do something about it.
In 2013 I quit my job and sold my house. It was a bold move, but I wanted to expand on what I was doing. I knew that what I envisioned could not be accomplished in the suburbs of the city. I moved North with my partner at the time, Christopher, to a friends A-frame cabin in Northern Minnesota. We decided we would stay the winter in the A-frame and then move out onto the property into to a 24′ tipi that I had purchased from Colorado Yurt Co. (www.coloradoyurt.com). While living in the tipi we would research and eventually build a tiny home. We planned on living in the tiny home for a few years while we continued to downsize and learn what it took to be self-sufficient. Eventually we would move the tiny home to my parents lakeside property and hopefully be totally off-grid and mostly self-sufficient. Then things changed, as all good plans sometimes do.
Christopher and I broke up before the winter had even hit; I was still determined to continue on. Thankfully I had my friend Gene, who owned the A-frame cabin. I moved out of the A-frame (after a seriously hard MN winter. When your eyelids freeze together while stepping outside, you know it’s friggin’ cold) and spent the summer in the tipi. Then things changed again. Gene decided he no longer wanted to live in Minnesota and on short notice, moved to Hawaii. This left me in quite a pickle. I had just finished setting up my wind generator and hanging the hammock and now I had to move. Thankfully I was offered the opportunity to move across the way into another friends lakeside cabin.
I moved onto this property just as the show Finding Bigfoot was finishing shooting there. You can see my truck and boat in the driveway LOL (the episode can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4mPfnKv7kE). Yep, that’s the cabin I stayed in. And NO, I did not see Bigfoot. Sorry but that show is soooo fake, and don’t let me get started on the locals featured in it… they are about as dishonest as you can get. It was a pretty mild winter for Minnesota, my eyelids didn’t freeze shut. I honed my “heating with wood” skills.
During my time at the “Bigfoot” cabin I made friends with a local carpenter who was very interested in my dream of one day living in a tiny home. We began talking and after some serious thought, I agreed to hire him to build it for me. The construction of the tinyhouse took about 4 weeks at a cost of $15,000. Yes that is the amount I paid for this beautiful home that is mortgage and utility cost free. Anyone can do it and I’ve met many who have. I moved onto the property on June 25th.
Because of current constraints and my fathers apprehension toward livestock, I sold my chickens and rabbits (the bees I blog about died shortly before winter after having lost their queen. I have no idea what happened. the hive was full of dead drones and 5 queen cells that obviously never produced a new queen). Hopefully soon, with some luck and pressure at convincing my Dad, I will again be raising chickens and rabbits and perhaps even milking goat or two. I already have a green light to begin beekeeping next summer.
I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to learn more about me and following along in my adventures. Hopefully we can all learn and grow as I go along. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments. Live simply and follow your dreams!