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Bunnies
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Sheep
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Two Creeks Farm is a 43 acre homestead, owned and run by Fred and Susie Blackmer. Our dream is to create a self-contained and self-sustaining property, combining the best of old and new. So we tend to use plenty of machinery and modern methods in constructing buildings, generating power and such, but we rely on older methods for raising and harvesting livestock, storing foods and processing leather and fabric.

਀㰀瀀㸀伀甀爀 最漀愀氀 椀猀 琀漀 昀攀攀搀Ⰰ 挀氀漀琀栀攀 愀渀搀 猀栀攀氀琀攀爀 漀甀爀猀攀氀瘀攀猀 眀椀琀栀 樀甀猀琀 愀 戀椀琀 漀昀 攀砀挀攀猀猀⸀ 伀昀 挀漀甀爀猀攀Ⰰ 眀攀 氀漀瘀攀 琀栀攀 椀渀琀攀爀渀攀琀Ⰰ 猀漀 眀攀✀氀氀 愀氀眀愀礀猀 渀攀攀搀 愀琀 氀攀愀猀琀 猀漀洀攀 挀愀猀栀℀ 伀琀栀攀爀眀椀猀攀Ⰰ 眀攀 搀漀渀✀琀 渀攀攀搀 洀甀挀栀⸀ 㰀⼀瀀㸀

Here's what we started with... the neighbor's fence is off to the right. The land beyond is ours. No phone, no water, no power. Just a mountain of forest and a small field in the valley (which is what you can see in the photo).

The photo below shows where we were six months after we moved to the property. Other than power lines and the well, Fred and I did it all ourselves.

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The Two Creeks property title can be traced back to the 1700's, well before the formation of our state of West Virginia. In all this time, the usage of this land has been limited to occasional logging. To the best of our knowledge, no pesticides or herbicides have ever been used here.

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It's possible that the property may have been sprayed under a state program but the landowner must request that service; no such request is on record.਀㰀⼀瀀㸀 ਀㰀瀀㸀伀甀爀 瀀栀椀氀漀猀漀瀀栀礀 椀猀 琀漀 挀漀渀琀椀渀甀攀 琀漀 栀漀氀搀 琀栀椀猀 氀愀渀搀 椀渀 琀栀攀 洀漀猀琀 瀀爀椀猀琀攀渀攀 猀琀愀琀攀 瀀漀猀猀椀戀氀攀⸀ 圀攀 栀愀瘀攀 愀戀漀甀琀 琀栀爀攀攀 愀挀爀攀猀 猀攀琀 愀猀椀搀攀 昀漀爀 漀甀爀 栀漀洀攀猀琀攀愀搀Ⰰ 最愀爀搀攀渀猀 愀渀搀 瀀愀猀琀甀爀攀⸀ 吀栀攀 爀攀猀琀 漀昀 琀栀攀 氀愀渀搀 爀攀洀愀椀渀猀 眀椀氀搀⸀ 䄀猀 愀 爀攀猀甀氀琀Ⰰ 眀攀 攀渀樀漀礀 愀渀 愀猀琀漀渀椀猀栀椀渀最 愀爀爀愀礀 漀昀 戀攀攀猀 愀渀搀 漀琀栀攀爀 椀渀猀攀挀琀猀 愀猀 眀攀氀氀 愀猀 渀愀琀椀瘀攀 戀攀愀爀猀Ⰰ 栀攀爀漀渀Ⰰ 搀甀挀欀猀Ⰰ 栀愀眀欀猀Ⰰ 琀甀爀欀攀礀Ⰰ 搀攀攀爀 愀渀搀 洀漀爀攀⸀ 䄀渀搀 眀攀 挀漀氀氀攀挀琀 眀椀氀搀 洀椀渀琀Ⰰ 挀栀椀挀欀漀爀礀 爀漀漀琀Ⰰ 戀氀甀攀戀攀爀爀椀攀猀Ⰰ 洀甀猀琀愀爀搀 猀攀攀搀Ⰰ 栀椀挀欀漀爀礀 渀甀琀猀Ⰰ 洀愀瀀氀攀 猀愀瀀Ⰰ 戀甀氀爀甀猀栀Ⰰ 爀漀猀攀 栀椀瀀猀Ⰰ 挀栀攀爀爀椀攀猀Ⰰ 愀渀搀Ⰰ 漀昀 挀漀甀爀猀攀Ⰰ 戀氀愀挀欀戀攀爀爀椀攀猀⸀㰀⼀瀀㸀 ਀㰀瀀㸀䤀猀 琀漀琀愀氀 漀爀最愀渀椀挀 氀椀瘀椀渀最 愀 挀栀愀氀氀攀渀最攀㼀 䐀攀昀椀渀椀琀攀氀礀⸀ 圀攀 挀漀氀氀攀挀琀 愀渀搀 挀漀洀瀀漀猀琀 漀甀爀 氀椀瘀攀猀琀漀挀欀 洀愀渀甀爀攀 愀渀搀 瘀攀最攀琀愀戀氀攀 氀攀昀琀漀瘀攀爀猀 愀猀 漀甀爀 漀渀氀礀 昀攀爀琀椀氀椀稀攀爀⸀ 䤀琀✀猀 琀攀爀爀椀昀椀挀 猀琀甀昀昀℀ 圀攀 挀栀攀挀欀 攀瘀攀爀礀 瘀椀渀攀 愀渀搀 氀攀愀昀 漀昀 洀愀渀礀 挀爀漀瀀猀 猀攀瘀攀爀愀氀 琀椀洀攀猀 瀀攀爀 眀攀攀欀 昀漀爀 瀀攀猀琀猀 愀渀搀 搀椀猀攀愀猀攀⸀ 吀栀攀 爀攀猀甀氀琀猀 愀爀攀 琀爀甀氀礀 眀漀爀琀栀 椀琀⸀

Eventually, we'd like to provide a virtual tour of our day to day life so you can appreciate the details. For now, though, we have the story of how Fred and I have built up our farm so far. Below is the slide show with the highlights. Enjoy!

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