Who We Are, What We Do, and Why We Have This Site



Todd and Kristi Stone - Stone Family FarmsteadWho We Are
Hello! We are the Stones, Todd and Kristi. We both grew up in Orange County, California. We met and married when we were 24 and 21. We are city kids who decided to try our hand at homesteading a few years ago. Up until recently, we lived in the city on a small plot of land (.18 of an acre, to be exact) where Kristi gardened and raised rabbits and chickens, and Todd planted and tended fruit trees, as well as built gardens and outbuildings for all of our homesteading endeavors. We have three children, one son-in-law, and one grandchild, and have been married for 25 years.

Watering the Trees with Grandpa - Stone Family Farmstead

In October of 2014, we were blessed to be able to move two of our children and our animals to a one acre property and begin to make our “forever homestead”. In addition to the 3 cats, 2 dogs, 2 chickens, and 3 rabbits that we brought from our old home, we have since added another dog, 3 more chickens, and 2 goats to the menagerie, making 16 the largest number of animals we have ever had during our whole 25 years together!

Bocking 14 ComfreyWhat We Do
Raising animals naturally is Kristi’s passion, and gardening goes hand in hand with the feeding and herbal portion of that. We try our best to use organic and natural methods in all we do, and that’s not always easy–however, we feel that it is best for us and our animals to go that extra mile where we can. Periodically, we will be sharing with all of you the tried and true methods we use for raising animals naturally. In the beginning, posts will be more about rabbits, but I will also share what we do for our chickens, goats, dogs, and cats when I can. We may share a little on gardening, herbs, soap making, and other things we do here at Stone Family Farmstead, too.

Naomi - Stone Family FarmWhy We Have This Site
Our plans for the future include producing our own milk, eggs, fruits and vegetables by raising Nigerian Dwarf goats, various chicken breeds, a small orchard of trees, and, of course, gardening. For the milk portion, we will be breeding our two Nigerians, Naomi and Willow, which means that we will periodically have dairy goats for sale. We will share that with you as it happens, in case you (or anyone you know) are interested.

Tending the Garden at Stone Family Farmstead

We do hope you will stick with us and subscribe to our blog. We promise to share our kidding schedule, our precious goats that we have for sale, and lots of what we learn with all of you!

Todd and Kristi Stone

Meeting the Chickens - Stone Family Farmstead



 
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Kristi Stone

Kristi Stone

Honestly? I'm the author of this blog...sometimes. My family and I live in Sunny Southern California on a one acre hobby farm where we are working diligently to one day produce our dairy, eggs, and produce. That takes A LOT of work, so if you don't hear from me as soon as you'd like, give me a shout out in the comments and I'll chat back as soon as I can between the garden, goat kids, chickens, husband, human kids, and playing with my grandboy, Kieran. And in the mean time, if you'd like to see more frequently what goes on at our farm, please feel free to join my Facebook group (see the right column) where I am more active. I'd love to get to know you! 🙂
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  1. Kristi, I just found your blog on Tuesday Garden Party and have had fun checking out all your posts:). How exciting to start fresh and try your hand at living off the land. Our property is an acre too so I look forward to seeing how you do it! We planted some apples and raspberries,veggies, and herbs so far in the 2 years we have lived here. I am still trying to talk my husband into chickens but that hasn’t happened yet:). Good luck with everything and best wishes for your adventure. I would love for you to link up your projects at my link party I share with some other blogging friends. It opens at 7 CST tonight!

    • Thanks Tara! It sounds like you guys are well on your way to providing some of your own fruits, herbs, and veggies, which is a great place to start. Give it time about the chickens. I know my husband Todd likes to make careful decisions about acquiring animals, and it just takes time for him to think it through. Chickens are great to have, they provide so much for the farm–eggs, fertilizer, garden help, meat (if you want that), and if you hand raise them, companionship. 🙂 Thank you for your best wishes, I will try my best to be at your link party tonight! 🙂

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