The Metro Pioneer runs in to a roadblock.

Those of you that have followed me over the past few years know that my goal was to turn my suburban yard in to a productive food system using edible gardening.  Unfortunately for me and my family, we hit a roadblock.   In late June, I was sent a letter from my HOA saying my yard was not up to code.  The exact wording was that I had obviously failed to maintain my yard.  

What a bunch of bs!  Out of all of my neighbors, I am out weeding and working on my yard more than most.  The difference is that I spend hours weeding and mulching naturally and by hand and they are weed whipping, edging, mowing, blowing, spraying a lawn that provides no food.  Wasting gas like it is going out of style.  Bogus!  

If you have been wondering why I haven't been posting often, now you know why.  Since the day I received the letter, I have been on a roller coast ride trying to figure out what to do. 

After receiving the letter, we ripped out everything and started looking to buy a house with acreage.  We put an offer on one but the well failed inspection.  We then realized most properties we were interested with land were out of our price range so we started to look to build.  We found a few properties that would work but nothing real great.  

After searching for a month or two, we finally found a piece of property that is almost 9 acres.  We did our due diligence on that property and put in an offer.  However, the numbers do not add up right now to build.  We could make it happen but my Mr. Money mustache training won't let me execute the plan right now.  We are going to build up the property over the next few years and maybe eventually build.  

In the meantime, we will start developing the acreage in to a natural farm using sustainable practices.  Although the hoa letter was a major bummer, the fact that we now have 9 acres within 10 minutes that we can hunt and trap on while we build it up over the next 7 years is awesome.  Like they say, things happen for a reason. 

Don't worry though.  I will still continue to practice edible gardening.   I will just have to be a little more discreet now.  In fact, to celebrate staying in our house, my son and I planted a fall garden!  Old habits are hard to forget. 

If you are interested in learning more about how my new plan unfolds, click the link below that will allow you to follow me on social media or via email.  I look forward to sharing my progress with you.

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