We always dreamed of living in the country, growing more food and herbs, raising animals, and having acres of quiet. If you have ever hunted for a country home, you know it is not always easy to find the perfect place. Add onto that our need (requirement) for high speed internet as my husband and I both work from home, we homeschool, and for my husband it is an absolute must that it is truly high speed internet. Not so common in Wisconsin.
So, in July of 2018 we were driving along after visiting an area about 45 minutes east of where we lived in Verona, and I said hey, there was this house with a few acres on zillow that looked nice, we should drive by...not really thinking it would be the one. We drove by and wow was the house beautiful. And the land. All of our boxes were ticked on the outside, and we found it was only 1 mile to a teeny tiny town with a library and coffee shop. So we thought what the heck and called the realtor. No, we had not even listed our house yet. We arrived the next day with the teens in tow, and walked through the house. Nobody had any allergic reactions, which is a big deal here. And wow, what a beautiful home. The 'lawn' was filled with yarrow, plantain, dandelion, clover, and self heal. No weed killer here. There were fruit trees and bushes, dozens of birdhouses, and views. The views! They even said high speed internet was available. Seriously. We decided to put in an offer contingent on the high speed internet and then rushed home to think about how to sell our house quickly.
Fast forward to our offer being accepted, the high speed internet being confirmed, and putting our house on the market after working 14+ hours a day to clear everything out to stage it for the open house at the direction of our realtors. We held an open house and sold our house in a day or so. We moved into this home in September of 2018. We are so lucky things worked out for us, and we are so happy with our decision to jump in. I am not a woo woo person, and I realize real estate is a privilege, but I do also feel that when things should happen, they do happen. And it did.
Our plans include a native medicinal nursery, restoring prairie, planting endangered natives, forest garden, prairie garden, medicinal gardens, a greenhouse, orchards, large medicinal integrated gardens in a permaculture format, extended food beds, chickens, beehives, and more. There is a lower level area that is a wonderful apothecary and classroom space where we can host classes or events.
We have a lot to come, but we have a good start with beehives, food and medicinal herb gardens, chickens, dog, prairie, woods, natives, endangered medicinals, orchard, and more!
It is wonderful to have this place to call home.