Realeyes Homestead is a family of humans, pigs, chickens, a lot of plants, and fungi all living on a happy patch of earth in Northern Michigan.
Even though we met just out of college, we feel like we’ve been lifelong friends. Brenda Baran was born in Honduras but grew up in Dearborn, Michigan and Levi Meeuwenberg grew up in Traverse City, Michigan on the same land we’re now building the homestead. We were always nerds of one kind or another; Brenda being the quintessential ‘A’ student bookworm in Biochem, and Levi being your typical computer nerd with a penchant for Matrix moves. But we weren’t always big sustainability – foodie nerds…
This homestead is growing out of our shared vision and passion for a more fulfilling and harmonious relationship with the natural world around us. This blog will chart our journey in all it’s bumbling, diversion prone, epiphany inspired glory in the hopes that others will follow this path.
Our mission is to supply our needs (food, fuel, farmaceuticals, fun…) without compromising the ability of future generations (human and otherwise) to supply theirs. Looking inward, we seek to heal our relationship to our own bodies (a whole biome themselves) through Holistic Nutrition. And looking outwards, we seek to heal the damaged landscapes around us by building soil and restoring ecosystems, through Permaculture. As we grow in knowledge and experience, we will pass this knowledge on through re-skill workshops, nutrition courses, farm tours and articles.
Somewhere on the predictable path upward from foolish youth into pragmatic adulthood, we stumbled over our ideals. With hardly a moment given as they disappear over the horizon, the rising tide of our daily responsibilities and obligations conditioned us into little more than automatons living in loops. The script of our role is handed down to us from the high priests of social convention, and subtle media persuasion; nudging us this way and that to fall in line, do our part on this great vessel of humanity, destined for the stars!
But somewhere along the mythical road of progress, the ship hit a ice sheet that had fractured off the arctic. And as water flooded into the coastal cities, the rats began deserting the ship. They learned to work together, to construct a life-boat by salvaging the wreckage. One by one, millions of these little life boats popped up and sailed the sea seeking new shores upon which to rebuild civilization. This space follows the tale of one of those life-boats. We know not yet where we’ll land, but we’ve got some sense of direction figured out.
While most websites subversively try to suck you in and keep you clicking, our intention with every post is that you will learn something then be inspired to get up off the computer, go outside and try it! Even if you fail, you’ll learn something about how the world works. Failure is a major part of our design process. 🙂 We find we learn the most when we take a playful attitude towards experimenting with nature.
The information revolution has blessed us with almost omniscient capabilities, yet even with tabbed browsing we can hardly keep up with the onslaught of information. It’s a skill to learn to use this tool so that you don’t get overwhelmed into paralysis, or bogged down in distraction, but filter out pertinent information and apply it in your life; to unplug from the computer and plug in to reality and DO, BE, ACT and CREATE.
As students of life, our map of reality is ever evolving and we’re way open to feedback, so let us know what you’d like to see on this site, or if there are any mistakes or alternative info to explore. Thanks for visiting! Come back anytime!
We’d just like to share a special thank you to our many teachers and mentors, as well as all those friends who’ve helped out along the way!