you visit the Farm this winter, you might meet our two newest employees, Amanda
and Ethan. You may also come across their small home behind the sauna, on the
lit ski trail.Actually,it’s so small it’s classified as a “tiny house.” Say hi if you get a chance,
and take a minute to read their story:
got married two years ago on a frozen lake in the Northwoods of Wisconsin with
our friends and family sitting on hay bales.
the beginning of our relationship we wanted stay as flexible as possible so
that we would have time to do the things we love with the people we love. About
six months into our marriage we decided to embark on a unique construction
project. We wanted to have a space that was ours and to be free from the
costs of renting. Our goal was to remain open to new opportunities that would
arise as we started building our life together. We concluded that a house on
wheels would be most practical. We started with an 8' wide by 32' long trailer.
The living space we build on this trailer is about 256 square feet. Amazingly,
this does not feel small to us.
in our tiny house is SO COZY! We love the nestled feeling of settling into our
little house for the winter. We have a small wood burning stove that warms the
house quickly and many windows to let in the sunshine. It is definitely our
ideal home. We are able to live simply and have few expenses.
tiny house traveled 65 miles to get to Palmquist Farm. We came to Palmquist
Farm as a result of a long-standing relationship between the Palmquists and
Ethan's extended family. His aunts, uncles, and cousins have helped at The Farm
over many years. We are really able to exercise our talents and interests here.
and Helen keep us busy cutting wood, clearing trails, keeping buildings and
equipment maintained, and working in the kitchen. We are so thankful to have a
place where we can be useful and, where our needs are equally taken care of. Something
we love to do together is create a warm, comfortable environment for lots of
friends to gather. That means cooking, playing music and taking genuine
interest in other people's lives. We love people and are eager to learn about
their experiences and the places they come from. We have plenty of margin to
travel and stay connected with our broad network of friends and family, which
is a thing many jobs don't provide. Amanda especially enjoys learning
about the cultural heritage of people and places such as Palmquist Farm.
look forward to learning from the unique perspective that Jim and Helen have,
as people that have made it their business to welcome anyone at anytime.
Serving and entertaining here will be a fun way to gain a lot of positive
experience. We are getting our musical act together and hope for chances to
play with anyone who comes to visit. Living and working at Palmquist Farm is
the best situation we could ask for in this season of our lives, and we are
excited to make the most of it.
Ethan and Amanda!
Labels: simple living, tiny house, winter vacation