Hey all, been a lurker here for a long time and I'm finally getting a chance to post now! I work as a professional illustrator, and what with the strange amount of work I've been receiving plus a brand new homestead, things have been busy! My family and I just moved onto 20 acres near Ann Arbor MI in April. We managed to build a chicken coop, and 40x80' garden, and ready a stable over the first summer. We also managed to plant 8 fruit trees and 8 new shelter trees for our first flock of chickens. The man who sold the house to us literally had 20 acres of GRASS. So we have a huge blank canvas, which is both a curse and a gift. There are a few things I am here to learn more about: Edible Landscaping - For my flock and for my family. And a pretty one too, for the guests. Beekeeping - I have never seen anyone do this in real life, nor have I had them myself! I love bees though, and always have, and cannot wait to learn. Mead and Winemaking - I love wine and I especially love drinking all of that viking mead. Can't wait to learn more. Butchering Chickens and Pigs - It's a hard truth, but I love bacon and I love Chinese food. I look forward to getting to know you all and learning from those who have been in the game far longer than I!