Kate Michaud

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65 and proud mother of an amazingly skilled daughter who's blazing her way through the Big City in this time of post Covid.
Homesteading for 25 years on 32 acres, rural, 10 acres cleared, 22 bush/wood lot. Divers fauna, wildlife, landscape and terrain.
Dairy goats, poultry, equine, Great Pyrenees and Akbash guardian dogs, zones 1, 2, and 3 gardens.
MA Visual Arts/Anthropology, Historian, Researcher, Logistics, PRI PDC Certified, and Deep Green Permie Practitioner. Hardworking, steadfast, creative thinker, no nonsense confirmed Hermitress and proud Crone, by the traditional meaning of; "A woman of experience, fair judgment, and wisdom".
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Recent posts by Kate Michaud

Greetings to all on this thread.

Name is Kate, and I've been watching this thread on and off for some time, and have now decided to introduce myself:  Just turned 66 yrs, homesteader for 26 yrs on 32.5 acres with livestock.  Not totally off-grid but close, and have very little reliance on the outside world.

I am fortunate however to have one person, a locale who enjoys the place, loves the quiet and helps out on a regular basis, making the day to day easier, but it doesn't quite fill the hollow for companionship.  

I've had individuals over the years who wanted to learn permaculture, or get back to the land, etc., and more often than not they seemed to be running away from something, a place to hide out as it were.  In the end, those individuals never worked out, and there was always a mess to clean up, things to set right again.

So, I've accepted; this is it, I'm the "recluse" with goats and guardian dogs, living a quiet pastoral life with no drama, no chaos.

4 weeks ago
Hi Sarah.

Has your friend found a place to rent?

4 months ago
The greenhouse build continues on, at a slower pace to be sure, so be it!

Hi Woodruff.

Thanks for the inquiry.  

The project still goes; working on the footings/foundation which is probably the most labour intensive part of the build.  
Not much for pics with so much to do.  Visitors sometimes take pics and maybe send them to me, but not often.

Care to take a working holiday and learn to mix and use lime mortar?  Oh, and haul rock, lots and lots of rock.

9 months ago
Hi Ryan & Co.

Can you be more specific about your expectations from the Land owner, and what you require day to day as basic needs?

Do you need housing, or do you have, for example, a tiny home.  
Would you live on property, or off, etc.,.  
How far do you want to relocate from your present location?

Cheers!  K
11 months ago
Visitors to a farm or homestead should inquire with the owner about feed rations for the livestock before hand.  I have a sign on my front gate that reads;  

"Working Homestead, behave accordingly",

another sign reads;  

Keep gate closed,
Guardians on duty, free-range livestock,
Authorized entry only"

Why should I need these signs?  

Because I have had many (not all, but many), total strangers show up asking to see the place, some with their children, to then completely run a muck; leaving gates wide open, chasing chickens, taunting goats, wanting to ride my horses, treating working dogs like pets, clambering on garden trellises, stripping the raspberries and rhubarb patch, running through garden beds, and unwittingly causing all sorts of issues as per Livestock/Liability Insurance, etc.,.

Again, it would be wise to inquire ahead of a visit to a farm or homestead to consult with the owner on the "rules" to keep everyone safe and sound, and make sure the rules are adhered to.  As the song goes;  "I'm not here for your entertainment", cause this ain't no petting zoo.

If you want to make a Great Impression, offer to help muck out the barn till the job is completed.  You'll earn big time "brownie points".

Personally, I had a career in the Creative Arts and a Design Studio for many years, hold an MA, and was being groomed for Doctorate Level Studies when a major life event changed everything.  I dumped it all, and moved to the solitude and calm of a Homesteader, to get away from the clamour, the noise, and frankly the BS.  

In recent years and ever more frequently the "Noise" now shows up at my front gate,...so be respectful, be attentive, offer to help out if there is a need (because there is always something that requires extra hands), and all will be well.

1 year ago
I'd like to throw my 2 cents worth in here.

As I have been that person who over the years, let Suburbanites come to my place and learn to milk a goat.  Let me say, it costs the farmer/homesteader in time and feed, because the trick to hand milking doesn't "happen" right away, on average it takes a "Newbie" 2 weeks of milking everyday to get the hang of it.

It takes time and patience with the goat to whom the "Newbie" is a stranger, and trust must be established, as well the manual dexterity required for milking is difficult to master.  While the goat is in the milk stale, she is given feed in exchange for allowing her to be milked, thus the longer the process the more feed she will require.

Rarely is the goat milked out properly and the owner has to come back in and strip the goat of the remaining milk or production will go down

Inexperience can wast milk, feed, time, and patience, because the farmer/homesteader has to stay and make sure there are no mishaps or injury to either the student and/or the goat instead of moving down the list of chores for the day.

So, to make it worth the while of the farmer/homesteader, once milking has been learned, pay back the time and extra feed it took for the teaching/learning either in $, in kind, in trade, or in hours, and make the whole experience good for everyone involved.


1 year ago
Hi Glenn.

Just how far East to you want to go?

Note to Cam

Peaches is a definite keeper, she's wonderful;  mannerly and gentle.  
Might breed her in the Spring, see what she throws.