Welcome to the Farmstead!
Let us introduce ourselves:
we are Rod and Michelle Johnson.
In May 2020 we relocated from our small homestead in Juneau, Alaska to our 83-acre farmstead in Potlatch, Idaho. This is a dream we have been working toward for many years and are happy for it to now be our reality.
For 15 years or so in Alaska, we grew produce in our small backyard homestead, working up to 500 pounds per year. We raised chickens for eggs and meat. We had berry bushes, apple and cherry trees. We raised crops that are harder to grow in rainy Southeast Alaska - tomatoes, oats, corn, and even a small cantaloupe!
In 2007, we began to sell our handmade soaps at local craft shows and markets. We continue to make and sell our soaps and feel fortunate that many of our Juneau customers continue to enjoy and purchase our soaps from our online store.
Since we moved to our Idaho farmstead, we have accomplished quite a bit. We are able to do so much more with all this space! We added a barn, established the market garden, raised chickens for eggs and meat, learned how to process hay, added a small herd of Dexter cattle, built beehives and installed bees, fenced in our future orchard, hatched out some of our own flocks eggs, learned how to milk our cows, pasture raised a few Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, added a small flock of Shetland sheep.
Future projects include installing solar power, building the high tunnel, filling the orchard with fruit trees, nut trees and berries, improving pasture fencing...and the list goes on.
We currently sell handmade soaps, organic eggs, jams, and seasonal produce at the farmers market each week in the summer and various markets over the winter. We hope to finish our little farm stand this summer so you can come and visit the farmstead!
We have a lot of work ahead of us and much to learn, but we are up for the challenge. We will be sharing how it goes along the way and hope you follow along in the adventure!