About Our Homestead
Updated: Mar 25, 2021
Who We Are
I'm Sami - a yoga teacher for the past 10 years, I recently closed my studios to move to Maine and pursue this permaculture dream with my husband, Ben. Ben is a musician, a saxophonist, and leader of the band Red Tail Hawk. He's also the founder of the OG local kombucha company, Boocha. In his 9-5 he sells the highest quality organic superfoods to brands you see on the Whole Foods shelves.
I am currently in my Master's degree program for Alternative Medicine, with a focus in herbalism & functional nutrition. My endeavors include The Cure Studios and New Medicine Collective, where I work with clients one-on-one to resolve health issues. In past lives I've been a doula, a surf instructor, website creator ..
We are both from Massachusetts originally, but Maine appealed to us for our homesteading goals for many reasons - not least of which is its pristine beauty and proximity to the water.
When we bought this 226-year-old house (originally built as a tavern, but a functioning farm when we found it) the stars aligned too much for us to call it coincidence (I mean, we even shared a wedding anniversary with the previous owners).
Now we're excited to bring our first daughter into the world here in July (!!) while we work towards more sustainability, food independence, and true and lasting health.
“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods.
Our home is a very classic New England colonial with wide pine floors and high wood beams. It's a tad drafty in the winter ("Is there a window open?" "..Nope"), but stoking the wood stove helps. Our attached greenhouses came with it and helped ease us into homesteading. We have big plans for future house updates, and we hope you'll follow along.
What Does the Homestead Produce Currently?
We have veggies, we have orchards, we have goats, we have chickens, ducks, guinea hens ... and this spring we'll be inviting in our first piglets. We produce herbs and herbal products, Boocha, and we also sell our goats' milk and eggs. Next up: mushroom cultivations.
Why Fractal Farms?
Fractal (def): a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. Fractals are useful in modeling structures (such as eroded coastlines or snowflakes) in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomena such as crystal growth, fluid turbulence, and galaxy formation.
Everything created by nature is fractal in quality ... including water, when it is flowing, and even your cells. But our loss of connection to this fractal nature (water isn't structured when it comes out of a tap, and how often do you eat real, living foods?) is causing disharmony, and even disease, in humans. It's this move away from natural resonance with nature that makes us feel just ... so ... wrong. Think about how cancer works: an irregular growth and structure of cells.
We chose Fractal Farms since it embodies the connecting thread that weaves through every (seemingly unrelated?) thing we're pursuing here at the homestead ... permaculture, herbalism, highest-quality foods, music, connection with Nature, yoga and Consciousness .. all to bring us back to our fractal origins, where we can experience true harmony.
Got questions for us?
We'd love to know more about you! What brought you here, what are your own homesteading pursuits, what are you interested in learning more about? Drop us a comment or get on our email list.