sharing inspiration for intentional living from our Home and one acre, nestled in the evergreens of Northern California.
Hi and welcome to The Evergreen Acre! I'm Emily, the voice behind The Evergreen Acre. Join me as I share gardening tips, from scratch recipes, homemaking and DIY projects from our one acre home and garden nestled in the evergreens of Northern California.
Why The Evergreen Acre? Well, in this blog I hope to share with you ways of creating a beautiful, timeless and functional, garden and home regardless of how much space you may have. I also love the notion of something being "evergreen" timeless, versatile and never wavering. I hope the advice I give here stands up to that definition.
About the Evergreen Acre
I started this blog in 2019, I wanted a creative outlet to chronicle my cooking and gardening tips. My background is in event planning and management and my degree from the University of Oregon (go ducks!) is in Communication and Business. But homemaking, cooking and gardening have always been my passions.
I dabbled in blogging over the years. In fact I had four other blogs before this one, dating back to 2009, my senior year in college. Unfortunately none of those blogs really encapsulated my true passions. In this blog I have narrowed my focus to these four areas, all of which I find great joy in doing and have years of experience with.
Organic Gardening- Made simple for beginners and seasoned growers alike.
Making real food from scratch - Simple Whole food cooking made for real families with lots going on.
Homemaking - Encouraging you to make your home a haven for you and you family.
Natural Living - Ways to reduce toxins in your home, garden and even in the food you eat!
I was raised in the country and from a very young age I showed interest in homemaking and gardening.
Growing up my next-door neighbor, I affectionately called "grandma Sig" was an original homesteader. She migrated to California from Arkansas in the early 1940's and started a homestead on a three acre plot, with her husband who was a timber faller by trade. She taught me how to garden, preserve food, take care of animals and homemake. I still have the first sewing project we made together. A small dolls quilt made from old fabric samples and backed with a vintage dish towel. She Knew how to live off the land. But she also liked the finer things in life, like her powder blue Mercedes parked in the garage and only driven on Sundays. She inspired me in so many ways and help to shape me into the mother, wife, gardener and homemaker I am today.
After having my first son in 2016
I stepped back from my career in event management to be a stay at home mom. When my son was two I went back to work in an accounting position. I lived for the weekends. Wishing I could spend all of my time doing the things I loved with the people I care most for. I longed to be a homemaker, but that wasn't really a reality for me at the time.
When I got pregnant with my second son in 2019, I didn't know what the future would hold. I knew that I wouldn't be able to juggle a full time job and two littles. After lots of discussion with my husband I got my real estate license, hoping it would bring me more freedom and flexibility.I actually really liked real estate and life was just ticking along. Enter 2020, the covid year. Pregnant and quarantined at home with my four year old I realized, I I became an extremely diligent budgeter maybe I could pull off this stay- at-home, full-time homemaker thing. Now, here I am doing just that and loving every moment of it!
I hope that this blog inspires you to fulfill your simple living dreams
At our little home on one acre we have had chickens, ducks, a large garden fruit trees bees and more. I hope my years of experience growing my own food and simplifying life can help you live a more simplified and intentional life as well.