About the Farm
The Ant Farm began as 16 acres of forest in unincorporated St. Clair County, Alabama. In 2013, we began developing about five acres into a home site and small sustainable farm. In the coming months, we’ll be expanding our gardens, and if all goes well we’ll be installing a 1/2-acre pond this summer, but that’s another story…
The Ant Farm applies the concepts of permaculture, freedom and common sense. When we began this journey, I became convinced that naming the property would establish a set of ideals that would guide us along the way. We’re trying desperately to teach our children the value of hard work and responsible living. The fable of the Grasshopper and the Ant embodies those ideals. We’re “raising ants”.
I’ve been studying Permaculture for several years, now. I believe it is the future of farming because it’s just common sense. It provides the maximum return for the least effort, and for a guy running a separate business and raising a family, that is a crucial factor. Current farming methods are unsustainable, and something’s got to give. That being said, I don’t buy in to the complete philosophy of Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. There won’t be any yoga decks or eco villages in my future. I pretty much take what I want from their approach, and leave the rest behind.
About the Author
I grew up in the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama. My wife and I have two kids, and we homeschool. We’re trying our best to raise them into a life of self-reliance. In this world that’s not always an easy thing to do.
We own a small business that employs about ten people and services customers across the US. One day I will retire to The Ant Farm, but not yet.
You can read more about who I am and who I am not here.