I’m Stacey Black and along with my fiancee Gareth Alsop we are the voices behind 23 Oaktree Road.
We’ve always known that I might not be able to provide a steady income for us; having suffered with panic attacks and depression for much of my life it’s really difficult to hold down a regular job.
Recently however we found out that Gaz might not be able to work either. He is currently under going tests for Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome – an invisible illness that causes his nerves to signal to his brain that he is undergoing immense levels of pain, making it near impossible for him to use his hands on bad days (of which there are many).
It would be easy for us to give up. To take the benefits we are entitled too, a council house and just sit there.
That isn’t our dream though.
It won’t be our story.
What Are We Are Doing
23 Oaktree Road itself used to be part of a land settlement association developed in the 1930s. These were groups of houses developed across the country to help people provide for themselves when work was scarce and futures uncertain.
People came from all over the country and were taught new skills in agriculture. They were then given a plot to tend and provide for their family.
Our goal is to take 23 Oaktree Road back in time and use it for the simple purpose it was intended. To provide.
Our plots fair bit smaller now from 4 acres to half an acre, and half of that belongs to my parents, so there will be a mixture of old and new techniques to grow our food on such a small footprint.
We want to show people that you can grow your own food and look after yourself wherever you live, whatever your circumstance.
You might be here because
- You are concerned about the rising cost of food and how you will provide for your family
- You want to take back control of your life and not have to rely on our government or anyone else
- You believe things really were better in the ‘olden days’
- You want to naturally help heal your family without relying on drugs you can’t even pronounce
- You adore the smell of fresh baked bread and homemade chutney
- You just cannot walk past a mason jar without coveting it
You might wonder what a homestead is? And why we are using a more American term when we live in the UK, well quite honestly nothing else really sums up what we are all about in the same way.
From Scratch Magazine sums it up like this:
“We are the people who raise chickens in our backyards, we make our own bread, we use a sewing machine, grow our own food, we build fences and fix what’s broken. Modern day pioneers who have removed ourselves from the Rat Race. We wear boots and jeans. We love beautifully handmade things, we enjoy good music, good food, good books, and good friends. We are the Modern Homesteader.”
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