Welcome to hrafinstaadannex ,formally we were Hrafinstaad.blogspot.com We are all about creating urban/suburban homesteads  and teaching the skills to reach that goal. We write about gardening,food preserving,raising chickens from eggs to adults and how to become as self sufficient as a person wants. From time to time we teach classes,you can find them here under the Happenings page.

Who are we? We are a family of four who realized we needed to take better control of  our lives and the food we were eating.Although we have been long time gardeners and have had chickens for 10 years now,we wanted to push ourselves towards growing most of our own food. We focused on taking things to the next level.We have not let the fact that we live in a suburb stop us from our goal.We have been pushing towards our goal for about 4 years now and we are still not where we want to be.The blog part of this site will chronicle our story of reaching our goal.

In the past besides growing a garden,canning,curing meats we have raised our own meat chickens here at our suburban home.Growing up Rois learned how to butcher as a young teen.And once Chance became part of the picture he learned too. From time to time we share this skill with others by teaching classes,check the happenings page from more about classes.

Welcome,we hope you will come back to visit us again.Please feel free to email us with any questions you may have for us.

Chance and Rois


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