Hey how are ya?

Hey how are ya?

me n my sonFirst of all I want to say thanks for stopping by. If you’re just passing though, or if you’re one of my dedicated blog-followers, I can’t express what it means to me that anyone should take the time to read my words. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, lol─writing is something of an obsession of mine; it’s something that I do for me─to express myself, to get these thoughts and feelings out of my head, to share with others the stories of my journey, or the passions I have. It still surprises me to have folks send me an email reaching out to me, and it totally bowls me over when a stranger comes to the farmers’ market and tells me they follow along with this blog. I am so grateful that anyone should take the time to read what I write, and it gives me strength to keep on doing it. Thank you!

In an effort to better get to know my audience, I’d like to take a moment to invite you to introduce yourself. I’d love to know more about the people who follow this blog, your homesteading goals and dreams, or even if you’re just living vicariously through me. I encourage you to share your name and location in the comments section below. If you have any feedback, questions, or post-suggestions for this site I’d love to hear that too!

You know so much about me, this is a way for me to see who I am writing to and say hello. It helps to make this place a little more friendly and lets me know that I’m not writing into oblivion. So I hope you will take a minute to leave me a note; your words and feedback will help me to make this a better blog for you.

Thanks for following along!


  1. Hey there I’ve been really touched by your posts lately and I’m not much of a writer but decided to send you a line or two. So my journey started when I moved to Maine about 7 years ago from out of state. Coming from the city I knew nothing about homesteading to be honest I’ve never even seen a canning jar. With that being said I now can over 200 jars a year thanks to classes offered by MOFGA. I live in a small home with a 2000 square foot vegetable garden and my heart and soul is in vegetables and herbs. I root cellar along with cold room storage and grind locally grown wheat for bread baking and make my own herbal soap and medicinal medicines. I first came across your name because of the bee keeping classes offered at the Somerset county extension office but unfortunately I was never able to attend due to my work schedule. Wishing you much luck with your transitions. Looking forward to your Forever farm! God Bless!

    1. Samantha Burns

      It sounds like you’ve have quite a journey of your own! Amazing to have come so far; those classes over at MOFGA are a real asset. Thanks very much for sharing and for following along.

  2. Shayne Price

    Hi Samantha! I am Shayne and I see you most every Sunday. I am a lover of animals, especially dogs and take a ferocious stand against animal cruelty! I don’t have much of a green thumb but highly respect the folks that do and am very thankful for what you and others like you do. I sense in time, you will be where you want to be and like most beginnings, it requires a struggle. I have worked with emotionally disturbed kids and teens for over 20 years in residential treatment centers and group homes and now work with MR adults in a group homes for the last 15 years. Both my wife and I have battled cancer in which mine is ongoing and I still have a good outlook on life and try to find the goodness in others. I wish you well and hope all works out for you. I enjoy your posts!

    1. Samantha Burns

      Thank you Shayne! I’m so grateful you’ve made it a point to come out to the Madison Farmers’ Market, but sorry to hear that you’re battling cancer! I wish you a full recovery and I thank you for following along with my journey. <3

  3. Hi Samantha,
    My name is Linda and I’m from New Jersey, was raised on a farm and I’m old enough to be your grandmother. I lived my life raising a family, made everything from scratch, and no matter where I lived I always had a big garden,went to flea markets and stocked up on food and supplies. If you are a homesteader it’s built in you and never leaves. I like to read, crochet, knit and do other crafts. I enjoy reading about you and what you are up to. Keep up the good work and keep blogging.

  4. W

    Hi Samantha. I found your blog last year while searching for other beekeepers in the general area. I enjoy reading about your experiences. My wife and I are working on carving out a small homestead in Casco. It’s been a long term project – it took 15 years to buy the land and build a small house. We keep bees (1st year), have a woodlot, grow and preserve veggies and are developing a diverse fruit orchard hopefully for market. We are organic of course and incorporate permaculture principals where we can. It’s good to network with others working to achieve the same dream. Your definitely not writing into oblivion.

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