Welcome To Our Country Home and Food Co-Op!

We are a three generation family that left behind life in the big city to live the country dream. Since our move in 2011, we’ve striven to make ourselves more self-reliant and self-sufficient while embracing family-based living.

This blog is a spot for us to share our stories with other people who are considering modern homesteading, permaculture, country living, or multiple generations living side-by-side. Specifically, we want to share our experiences in home education, home grown foods, home improvements, home landscaping and home cooking; all the while living in a multi-generation home.

We’ve grouped our posts into the following categories:

  • Home Improved - our adventures in turning a 23 acre property and a 150 year old house into our homestead
  • Home Landscaped - the trials and lessons in the maintenance and evolution of our gardens
  • Home Grown - how we work to produce our own food and apply permaculture methods
  • Home Made - our favourite things to create and make use of 
  • Home Educated - our journey through homeschooling using the Charlotte Mason Method
  • Home Invaded - our personal stories of three generations living in close proximity

Grandma likes to write poetry from time to time and shares some of them in our Poetry Corner

We find pleasure in using locally grown or sourced ingredients in our food. Over time, we've come to favour particular recipes and have developed some of our own. We share these under the Recipes tab.

We hope you find Harrold Country Home a refreshing and honest site and choose to make it a place you visit often!

We Want to Hear From You!
We are continually learning and want feedback from people who are also on a homesteading journey. If you have some words of wisdom or sage advice to share, we want to hear from you. So, if you would like to get an account to post comments, give us some tips, or ask us some questions just fire us an email and we will get you setup.

Recent Articles

Chickens, Children, and Cuddles

Our daughter learns the difficult truth that chickens don't make the best of pets.

The Turkey Trial - Part 2: Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner

The finale of raising turkeys for five months? The best Thanksgiving dinner ever!

Turkey Trial - Part 1: Growing Thanksgiving Dinner

Our adventure of raising turkeys from day-old chicks to Thanksgiving dinner.

My Little Man Wants To Work

Our 5 1/2 year old son likes to help out with chores around the house. We would be wise to take advantage of his eagerness and…

Dad's Gateway Drug... er, Animal

Dad's two-cents on what we do, why we do it, and what we may do in the future

We've Gone Chicken Crazy

We can't seem to get enough of chickens. The more the merrier! Oh, and have them lay colourful eggs too, please.

Happy Hens Lay Healthy Eggs

Happy hens are able to act as chickens, and as a result, produce eggs that are healthier for our consumption.

Maple Syrup Harrold Style

We made a first attempt at tapping, collecting, and boiling sap from our sugar maple trees. The end results were a delicious…

The Best Tomatoes For Your Health

Conventionally grown, organic, greenhouse, field, heirloom... does it really make a difference how that tomato on your plate…

Following Tracks in the Snow

A fresh snowfall was an opportunity to observe some of habits of the more elusive wildlife that share our country home.

Welcoming Bluebirds to our Country Home

We've wanted bluebirds to use our nest boxes for years and finally discovered the reason (and the solution) for why they…

Embracing Tea - Part 2

Homegrown herbal teas are more than a pleasant alternative for tea time.

Embracing Tea - Part 1

Green and black teas offer many beneficial compounds that boost one's physical health. If you don't have a tea habit yet, you…

Artisanal Chicken Finds a Niche

Local chicken - it's pastured raised and missing antibiotics, GMOs and fillers.

Putting up the Harvest

The end of summer is a busy time for us as we take advantage of all the local produce that floods the farmer's markets.

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Recent Recipes

Bacon Tomato Risotto

Winter canned tomato and homemade stock risotto. Bacon from a local pastured farmer. Some onions from the cold cellar, and mushroom mix.

Thai Red Curry Butternut Squash Soup

This soup is a delicious use for Butternut Squash. Roasting the squash in the oven brings out its natural sweetness.

Asparagus Pizza with Caesar Sauce

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A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. Benjamin Franklin
Home is the nicest word there is. Laura Ingalls Wilder
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. Vincent Van Gogh