Newhouse MVJ 2018

The Baker Family

Chris and Kelly both grew up with a love of country life, good food and watching things grow. Their first tiny garden together started on a balcony in a city apartment 12 years ago and has grown, along with a family of children and animals. Now on 10 acres of pasture and fresh water creeks, they raise their own livestock, dairy products, fruits and vegetables…all done naturally while being stewards of the land and caring for a family of seven.

In order to get to this “little house on the prairie,” one has to drive pretty far into the sticks, near Honeoye, New York. It’s a place where cell phone service hardly exists and the nearest next-door neighbor is a mile away. But that’s just what the Bakers love about their little homestead. They can live and raise their children without the worries and politics of society and the big city. Plus goats scare easily, so you know — rural life it is.

But the Bakers don’t always stay on their farm. They often load up their van and drive an hour north to Rochester, where Chris and Kelly’s parents live. The grandparents are always welcome to a visit from their son, daughter, and grandchildren, and often times as most grandmas and grandpas do, spoil them with sweets and toys.

The kids (Emma, Douglas, Julius, Dominic, and Lydia) enjoy their time spent with their grandparents and exploring the city, where they buy seeds, baby chicks, and explore and play with each other.

At their very essence, the Bakers aim to simply reconnect with their roots and disconnect from modern distractions and frantic living. They prefer to “clear out the clutter” in order to make way for what’s most essential and nourishment to the mind and body, which according to Chris are: “faith, family, community, fresh food, and healthy traditions.” Their passion for country living, good eating, and nurturing life has grown into a passion of having a healthy homesteading life for not only themselves, but for their children as well.

            And in between it all, a whole lot of love, laughter, friendship, and of course…a lot of wonderful memories.

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