Life At Cobble Hill Farm is a blog about learning to live a simple, homemade life.  It's FILLED with recipes, DIY tutorials, making things from scratch, living on a budget and more!

I'm so happy you're here!  I'm Staci and I live on a micro farm in upstate New York, just south of the Adirondacks. 

We moved to the outskirts of town on our small backyard farm in 2008 and gathered an entertaining menagerie of animals who run the show {we'd like to think we're in charge but we know better}.  Interested in exploring the modern homesteading movement, I immediately set a goal of growing and raising much of what we ate, preserving the garden bounty, and learning to live a simple, homemade lifestyle.  We've recently started our own business and are learning to juggle that along with the homemade lifestyle we now enjoy.

We are currently "farming" on less than an acre, remodeling our 146 year old farmhouse, crafting things by hand, budgeting to stretch each dollar, making homemade alternatives to products we'd typically purchase, caring for our critters, learning about sustainable living by producing as much of our own food as possible in the garden as well as preserving the bounty, and settling into a simple, homemade life.  You can read more about our start into this lifestyle in this post.

I am the cook, gardener, chief bottle-washer & janitor here at Cobble Hill.  I'm allergic to dogs, cats, and the mold found in grass, leaves and chicken litter.  That being said,  I'm "mama" to 2 spoiled French Bulldog "farm-dogs", as well as a cat who thinks he's a dog, and a flock of chickens.  So much for living allergy-free!

What This Website Is All About.....
Life At Cobble Hill Farm is about living a simple, homemade and purposeful life.  We try to live seasonally, so you'll find seasonal recipes, DIY, natural homemaking, tutorials and informative posts regarding our homemade life on a budget.  Are you interested in saving money on groceries while creating healthy and delicious meals?  You'll find that here.  How about learning to grow veggies and herbs in your backyard? Yup.  Here too.  Creating your own bath & body products from scratch?  Absolutely!  We've got you covered.  Throw in a few good animal tales and information on simple and purposeful living and that's us in a nutshell.

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Can I get the plans for your chicken coop?
I am flattered that we are asked this question so often, but unfortunately we don't have plans.  I showed my husband a photo of a shed and said "I want something like this but with x,y and z" and he created it.  I would suggest looking in shed/outdoor building plan books at the bookstore and going from there.  I did, however, write a detailed post about the features of our coop, you can find that here.

You call yourself a "farm" but you live on less than an acre.  How is that so?
We have a backyard farm a.k.a. a micro-farm where we grow veggies, some fruit, and raise chickens for eggs & meat.  We plan to add bees soon.  We are by no means traditional farmers, although we strive for that status someday.

My town won't allow chickens so I'm not able to homestead where I live.  Any ideas?
Yes you can homestead!!  Homesteading is not just about animals, it's a mindset and about making do and making things from scratch.  For more inspiration, you can read this post I wrote about beginning a journey into a homesteading/homemade lifestyle.

I have no room for a garden.  What should I plant if I can only use containers?
You can read the post I wrote about container/raised bed gardening here.  Also, if you have any flower beds that veggies can be incorporated into, that's a great alternative for root crops or crops that are quite large for a container.

I would like to simplify my life.  Where do I start?
Everyone's idea of "simple living" may vary so I think it's best to outline for yourself what types of things you'd like to change, what you don't want to change, and what your ideal life looks like.  From there you can begin to work on each goal.  Dealing with money is typically the first priority - pay off debt and reduce spending.  The main thing is don't wait for "someday", start where you are and work with what you have.  You can read my voluntary simplicity series, How To Live A Simple Life post and Living Simply post for more information/ideas.

Is Jack really as crazy as you write?
Yup.  He's a one-of-a-kind cat {cat-dog} for sure!  He does his own stunts, really does steal money and rubber stamps and does in fact seem to have an identity crisis.

I see you share a lot of bath/body recipes.  Will you share the recipe for the amazing body butter you sell?
I am so grateful many of you have truly enjoyed the body butter but no, I'm sorry, I won't share the recipe.  I've shared recipes for other body butters, but not for THE body butter.  :-)

Blogging seems like fun.  What should I do to start a blog?
You're right, it is a lot of fun.  I suggest starting by writing from the heart about things that interest you.  If you choose to later try and turn it into a business, you'll have a foundation to do so.  Visit other blogs, leave comments on posts you enjoy, and link up to blog hops when you can.  This will not only allow you to meet others with similar interest, but will help you build your own blog.  I wrote a post outlining the very basics of starting a blog here.

How have you grown your blog?  How can I increase followers?
Honestly, I'm grateful that my blog has sort of grown organically.  What began as simply a way to share our lifestyle with friends and family has become a resource for people all over the world.  I visit blogs that I enjoy and comment on posts that I connect with.  I've linked up to blog hops and I pin my own posts on Pinterest.  I've met a lot of wonderful people while blogging.

Guest blog when you can.  You can also invite others to guest post on your blog and they'll link to it on their own blog so their readers will {hopefully} visit you.  It's a good rule of thumb to ask other bloggers with blogs of similar size to your own to guest blog.  Asking someone with a larger following will likely not work since they won't get the same amount of traffic in return from your blog.

One thing that should be, in my opinion, a huge goal is to offer the best photos you can.  This makes a big difference in how many people visit your blog {although I'm still working on this, you can see a drastic change between my photos of 2009 compared to now}. 
Think about what attracts you to a blog or, conversely, makes you not interested in looking at a blog and bring that to your own blog. 

Will you link to my blog post or share this post I published?  Can I share your content or link to you?
No, I'm sorry, I only link to posts/things I select that I've enjoyed and think my readers may enjoy.  Yes, if you would like to share a photo/link from my blog you can with a link back to the original post.

Can you make money blogging?
Certainly, but how much depends on a lot of factors - how much time you devote to both your blog and your sponsors, your content, your traffic, etc.  Most bloggers make the majority of their money off of other things such as e-courses, e-books, blog coaching, etc.

Do you respond to comments if I leave one?
I sure try to respond to each and every one.  I LOVE reading all comments left here.  The main thing that prevents me from responding to you is if your email address is not linked up to your user ID.  When I hit "reply" to email you there is no email address.  In those cases, I leave a response back in the comment section of the post you commented on.

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Faeth DeHart said...

Absolutely love this.. With all the garbage that our eggs are filled with at the store..it's time to have my own Chickens. I have raised everything else...why not Chickens! LOL Anyway, this was so good to me because I have the same problem as you do... Called Winter. I live in Wisconsin and sometimes we can have very harsh winters. Your notes on the coop are wonderful and most appreciated. I also found you on Facebook and will continue to follow you. Thanks so much, Dee

Vanessa Davis said...

We have the opposite here in Australia, the extreme heat. My girls seem to be managing well though, chickens are so wonderful and resilient. We are loving our fresh Davis eggs. We have just added two ducklings to the family, gorgeous.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks so much Dee and Vanessa! I'm so happy you found us. :)

We hope to add ducks to the mix someday too.

Sarah said...

Hi Staci
I think we are trying to achieve the same dream in different parts of the world. It's great fun but certainly hard work. Happy farming
Sarah x

Maggie said...

What a wonderful blog. I am from upstate/northern NY originally and get a hankering to go home every fall. I am also writing a novel that takes place in northern NY around dairy farm country in 1969. You would not happen to know of any farm journals turned into books, or farmer's gazettes, that type of thing, from northern NY in the 60s that might be useful for research, would you? Not having much luck with googling.
Thanks again for you lovely blog. Am subscribing now...

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Sarah - I think you're right!! So happy you found us.

Maggie - I'm sorry, I don't know of any periodicals/journals that may help. Sounds very interesting though - I bet it's a lot of fun to research!!

Homer Burton said...

Just got my second email from you and want to encourage you to get a couple bee hives. Contact a local bee club and someone there will be happy to help you. Here is a site you might want to check out: http://adirondackbees.org. Beekeepers love to help newcomers! God bless you!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks Homer! Yes, we have definitely found plenty of beekeepers welcome us with all of our rookie questions. :)

Leonard Harden said...

Hi Staci, thank you for such a wonderful blog! I am planning my first coop based on your design and had a question. When using the deep litter method, how high did you position your chicken door and what are its dimensions?

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks so much Leonard. Our door is 6 foot high by 29 inches wide. We left almost 2 inches for the litter but could easily have used 3 inches space. We clean all litter out 4 or more times a year and scoop it daily so it's not a true deep litter method.

Farmbrews said...

Hi! I just found your blog while searching out other hobby/micro farms. I love your posts, so many great ideas. I am originally from upstate New York (north of the ADKs :) ), but after some moving around, my fiance and I have landed in New Hampshire.

We are blogging about our experiences with our lambs, chickens, gardening, brewing beer, and local finds in Northern New England on www.farmbrews.blogspot.com

I look forward to reading more from you!

PapaDog said...

Love your blog and your chicken coop. It looks like your hubby covered the outside of the coop with rough-cut cedar siding. Did he use any finish on it to get that nice deep brown color or is it 100% natural aging?

Nice blog spot which I've bookmarked. Thanks

Wild Sky Farm said...

Your blog is so inspiring to me! I live on a 12 acre farm outside Austin, TX and I recently started growing vegetables and raising chickens. Your posts are so informative and the pictures are beautiful!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks so much FarmBrews!!

Papadog - thank you for your comments! That is 100% aging on the outside of the coop. :)

Wild Sky Farm - good for you!! Thank you and welcome! :)

soggybottomflats said...

Hi Staci, great blog and honestly awesome pics!! I am intrigued with making my own Miso soup, lots of health problems related to diet, I need to develop better eating with fermentation, etc. What form of Miso do you buy and from where please? Thank you, Elaine