In April 2010, we bought our first home: a brick ranch built in 1956 on two-thirds of an acre within the city limits of Charlotte, N.C.
The previous owner of our home was a dedicated organic gardener before health issues forced him inside. We inherited from him persimoon and fig trees as well as a muscadine grape vine and assorted ghost tomatoes and melons (who come up in the spring in places we didn't put them).
We converted one of the gardening sheds to a chicken coop, which is where our hens stay warm at night. Our flock includes Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons, Plymouth Barred Rocks, Golden Comets, an Ameraucana, Dark Brahmas, and most recently, Blue Wyandottes. They do have a sheltered run, but enjoy scratching around the yard so much that we fenced in the garden to let them wander freely.
At various times, we've raised quail, rabbits, and hopes to someday live in a tiny house on a few acres.
Using french doors rescued from a construction site, we built a greenhouse where we're growing vegetables and herbs and experimenting with aquaponics.
Most of our "farm" knowledge comes from youtube. It turns out you can't believe everything on the internet.
Our Carolina Backyard Farm is one stop on our journey to live more simply and more sustainably. I hope you'll read along!