In 2007, our family of four embarked on a life long journey to become self-sufficient. We left our corporate lives, in search of a simple life, strongly connected to one another and the natural world around us. I don’t think we knew what ‘self-sufficient’ meant, but that didn’t matter, we are dreamers…so we dream big! We’ve since built a 576 sq ft straw bale, off-grid guest house/studio, heated primarily with wood and powered by Saskatchewan Prairie wind and sunshine. We’ve sustainably and gratefully raised miniature cows, various types of pigs, chickens, turkeys and adopted a pony. We’ve planted thousands of prairie bushes and trees on very nominal pasture land, collecting rocks and fossils. We share the land with baby bunnies, families of mice, garter snakes, white-tailed deer, moose, and boreal owls.
We build, work, learn and travel together …
We are presently building a 2000 sq ft Straw-Light-Clay, off-grid home on our acreage, while planting hundreds of saplings each year, harvesting dead and fallen wood in the nearby brush, following nature’s example in landscaping, developing healthy soil, water drainage, and land reclamation. Together, we care for and plant natural prairie grasses, shrubs and trees, vegetable gardens and fish ponds, preserve fall garden harvest, raise chickens, and harvest wild herbs. We live, work and learn together in all that we do.
Homeschooling our two boys is very practical and hands-on as we live in this beautiful natural space and operate our family business. Riverstone Naturals is our family business where we develop, produce, package and label over 40 natural body care products. We sell our products through local delivery (within 130 km), an online shop and each year we travel an average of 50 days, to meet our clients face-to-face at some of Canada’s largest handmade craft and health & wellness shows.
Our wish for this blog is not only to record this crazy ride for those throwback moments we all enjoy but also to stay connected to people like you…to share our journey’s, learn together and encourage one another…to be part of a community.
Audrey & Kelly
For a history of our construction check out Leaving the Grid – old blog
For more info on building techniques, life-hacks etc. see our Youtube Channel
To visit our on-line shop click RiverstoneNaturals.com