Dos Palos, CA
My husband and I recently moved with our two boys from the middle-class suburb where we grew up (in the east bay) to the family ranch (in the central valley) that has been uninhabited for over a decade. We are hoping to raise our boys in a country environment where they can learn to be self-sufficient. In the mean time, we are attempting to update a ranch house that's well over 100 years old while adjusting to a life that includes line-drying laundry and burning firewood for our only heat source. Future plans include getting the garden in shape to start planting our organic heirlooms and repair the barn so we can get animals on the farm (hopefully by next year). Wish us luck.
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