Mother Earth Living


Gathering Together: Building a Homestead in North Carolina

An author and her family eat, work and live with nature on their homestead in the forested Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.



The family’s German Shepard, Sky, hangs out on the front lawn on a cool afternoon.
Photo by Jen Altman
Autumn décor welcomes visitors.
Photo by Jen Altman
An antique chair gives this mountain home a cozy feel.
Photo by Jen Altman
A wood stove keeps this mountain homestead warm in the cold months.
Photo by Jen Altman
Big windows let in lots of natural light in the dining room.
Photo by Jen Altman
A variety of potted plants fill Ashley English's kitchen.
Photo by Jen Altman
Glenn prepares a homemade dinner.
Photo by Jen Altman
A variety of glass displayed on a shelf give this homestead character.
Photo by Jen Altman
Light-filled master bedroom
Photo by Jen Altman
Plant-filled bathroom
Photo by Jen Altman
Ashley and Huxley reading together
Photo by Jen Altman
Huxley reading
Photo by Jen Altman
Huxley's toys on display
Photo by Jen Altman
Ashley tends lettuce in a raised planter.
Photo by Jen Altman
Ashley's harvest
Photo by Jen Altman
The chicken coop’s handmade front gate
Photo by Jen Altman
Homeowner Ashley English

















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