It’s the sweet simple, things in life which are the real ones after all-Laura Ingalls Wilder
Welcome to A Farm to Keep, We’re so Glad You’re Here!
Making a home, garden, and life you love doesn’t need to be hard. Anyone can do it. Start with perspective and from there, the choices become clear.
A Farm to Keep is here to support you on your slower, more intentional, and from scratch living journey.
Living a “Farm Life”
Why a Farm to Keep? Although, our family does live on a small farm in the mountains, living a “Farm Life” has always meant valuing resilience, living with intention, savoring the seasons, and cultivating a space where creating and experiencing the fruits of those creations are enjoyed deeply and unhurriedly. These skills can be applied no matter where you live. In fact, we started living this way back in 2008 when we lived in the heart of the San Francisco Bay area in a 480-square-foot cottage.
Combating Hustle Culture
We live in a culture that constantly tells us there is no time. That we must rush. Hurry. Hustle. The very mentality of pushing and striving found me struck by a car in a crosswalk. Nurses and doctors later shared that they had never seen anyone survive that kind of accident. Survive with minor damage and no broken bones. A miracle, they said. A wake-up call, I said.
Since that day in 2008, I have been on a long and slow journey toward embracing the simpler way of life.
- A life that respects quiet moments with a good book.
- A life that values intentional time with family and friends.
- A life where everything is always better with hands in the dirt or enraptured with a needle and thread.
- A cultivated life pieced together with love and care.
- A life that is achievable in a small studio city apartment and a rambling country home. No matter the income, relationship status, age, or education level.
Living the farm life is often misunderstood. It is lumped into homesteading (although there is some of that), the prepping lifestyle, or commercial farming. To live a farm life is to live A Farm to Keep. To tend and care for your life, land, and home the best you can. Therefore, A Farm to Keep is your space for cultivating and nourishing the everyday beauty of your one tender life.
Hi, I’m Julia!
artist, writer, gardener, and tea enthusiast
I’m a nature-loving, tea-drinking maker, writer, mother, herbalist, and seeker of sincere contentment. My writing and work encourage creativity and intentional, meaningful connections through the art of cooking, baking, gardening, and craft. My artwork and writing have appeared in publications like Willow & Sage Magazine, Botanical Anthology Magazine, and the Simple Living Collective. I teach online and in-person classes, am a freelance writer for various publications, and offer sustainably sourced digital and vintage products in my online shop.
I am a storyteller and artist at heart. My lifelong friends would describe me as a creative bookworm, which led me to co-create the award-winning children’s book and art subscription box, KidArtLit, in 2017. I dream of writing a series of books in the future about farm living, intentional crafting, and garden-inspired creations.
In addition to creating and writing, I am devoted to the practice of yoga and mindfulness. Through these techniques, I find a deeper connection between the art I create and the natural world. I received my B.A. in English Literature and Theater Arts, which sparked my love for poetry and silhouettes. I have worked in youth development for most of my career, focusing on the arts, environmental, and nature education. I am always happiest outside under a tree with a pencil and a journal. My love for stories and art started at a young age, raised by a journalist and art educator, words and pictures were my childhood vernacular. I currently live in a white farmhouse in the hills of Northern California with my piano-playing husband and our two children, a flock of hens, two goats, and a flourishing garden.
Welcome to our farm!
Here’s How We Can Work Together
- Freelance & Content Writing for Publications
- Workshops, Gatherings, and Events
- Creative & Skill-Based Online Courses