In 2013, Russ and Vanessa Anthony, a couple of forty-somethings (one more forty-something than the other), left their busy Ontario lifestyles to pursue a simpler yet more fulfilling life in the small community of Pleasant Valley on Prince Edward Island.
In moving to PEI, we were able to realize a twenty year dream to purchase and restore an old house – in this case, a one hundred year old farmhouse originally built as the manse to the local Methodist church. From the foundation to the roof, our house needs serious rehab – and you can follow along each step of the way.
We are also avid gardeners and will be using every square-foot of our one-acre to plant, grow and harvest the majority of our vegetables and fruit. While diehard self sufficiency isn’t our goal, we’ve always wanted to work towards a more self-reliant lifestyle. We’ll still be buying what we can’t grow ourselves (c’mon, pineapple isn’t exactly a native PEI crop), but why not grow what we’re able to pull out of the ground ourselves?
Of course, growing a year’s-worth of produce presents another problem – keeping food edible for weeks and months at a time. We’ll be sharing how we preserve much of our harvest by canning, pickling, freezing, dehydrating and cold-storage. We’ll even throw in a couple of our favorite recipes.
Thanks for finding us and we hope you’ll enjoy reading more of our east-coast adventure.