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Kat Goldin is homesteader and mama of Gartur Stitch Farm on the edge of the dreamy Scottish Highlands. Originally from Iowa, she and her husband, who is originally from South Africa, have settled with their three children on a 7 acre property where they grow food, raise livestock, sell goat’s milk soap, meat boxes, and run courses about smallholding and homesteading. The following is an excerpt of a previous Instagram takeover.

Scottish Highlands
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We celebrated a first this year with our first honey harvest. We share our bees with our good friends and it was such a special moment in our homesteading journey.

 

Aiming as we do to be as self-sufficient as possible, a lot of the year that actually means doing without. Fresh tomatoes flown in from Spain in January just don’t taste as good as the ones we grow in August. Our own jam is better than what we can buy, so we’d rather wait. To drive to the store is a 45 minute round trip, so we need to be at the point where we really can’t make do with what we’ve got. Most of the time I like the challenge of it – figuring out the pieces of what we have to make a meal. Sometimes I resent it, when the kids are hollering for dinner and I can’t figure out yet another way to eat kale that we haven’t had this week.

But then comes this time of year and every meal feels like a banquet for a king. Summer cream, fresh berries, neon greens, perfect cucumbers for my gin, calls of ‘I’m hungry’ being answered with ‘Well, go pick something from the garden’.

 

We’ve been very intentional in adding animals to our smallholding. Each one was planned with their benefit to the whole in mind…

 

…and then are the Kunekunes. BoyBoy was rehomed from some neighbours who couldn’t keep him. He was a wedding present 10 years ago. He snores louder than anyone I’ve ever met and loves belly rubs.

 

We then added Loretta as a companion for him and potential bacon. We quickly realised that was never going to happen. I’ve never had a problem harvesting one of our animals (even if I have named them), but these Kunekunes have my heart.

The best dogs I’ve ever had.

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