The Adventures of Goose Poop Farm by Ric McDermott

Adventures of Goose Poop Farm is the story of one man learning how to live the self-reliant life outside of Pepin, Wisconsin.

Ric McDermott spend his entire life in St. Paul, Minnesota and worked at a post office in Minneapolis until 2007 when he retired and established his homestead at the tender age of 55. Two years later, he first shared his adventures of Goose Poop Farm in the my story section of Organic Gardening and Homesteading.

That original story (you can read it here) was such a hit, that he now has his own section on the site, and we have since had several stories about Rick and his adventures living the self reliant life.

Here's his story in his own words:

My mother grew up on the family homestead in southern Minnesota. My dad, a career Navy man, was absent for long periods. My mother, from a large family, literally farmed us kids out during the summer to relatives and her parents, all who had farms and such for me returning to my roots.

Living in the city, I always was a front runner in urban farming. Mowing grass was such a waste, so out with the rototiller. By the time I finished, I never had but a patch of grass and a huge garden that fed me and the neighbors.

The front yard took a little longer, but what started as planting around a tree evolved into the front yard becoming a garden with tomatoes and alfalfa taking center stage.

During my working years I always thought in retirement I would end at a place year-round where it's warm. How things can change. My best friend, Mike, wanting a change from city life, talked me into day trips outside of the city looking at raw land, farmsteads, and not anything to do with the city.

Pepin County WI in the fall won the both of us over with the sheer beauty of the bluffs and valleys. We found our property. I guess it spoke to us. A revisit and we knew it should be ours. Blinders on, we went ahead and bought it. We knew we had the ingredients to make a new life, but the knowledge of how to do it continues, and we know it's never easy.

Ric will be using this form to download further adventures of Goose Poop Farm.

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Ric's Articles About Goose Poop Farm

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Cat Tails, Seven in a Row 
This morning was one more of those frigid cold mornings that we have had all this week. The cold is draining not only for the animals but for me as well. …

The way I see my barn 
A rare break in the weather today; it is above freezing and making a mess out of the farmyard. It's raining and I thank God it is not snow but instead …

Tomato Harvest 
Every thing here is trial and error. Last year I planted 100 heirloom tomatoes and did not get one tomato. I learned the chickens loved …

My Dream Vacation and How it Connects to Orange Bailing Twine 
Wow, It's raining yesterday. I am out in the pasture, past the barn. I see orange. I pull, and it keeps going, leading to more orange. I keep pulling. …

The muddy season yuck! 
Mud at goose poop farm. How in the world did I ever survive that first spring with out a pair of the world's greatest invention. I am talking about MUCK …

Spring melt! 
The long awaited Spring melt has started here at the farm. The geese, honking their excitement at a level that will make you deaf, have taken over every …

Spider Web of Paths 
Our first major snow storm of the season with over two feet of snow. The snow drifts were pretty awesome - to see how much of the farm we didn't see, …

RIP Llama Lu 3-30-10 
It was one of those days that the blue in the sky was incredible; the clouds were puffy standing out from the background. I am enjoying the day, that …

Easter eggs at the farm 
An Easter egg hunt is every day here. My inner kid loves it! With all the trials and tribulations of making ends meet, my enjoyment for the day is collecting …

llama lu, trapped in the hay 
I have three llamas. Their nickname is Llama Lu Hmm, Some things I do I think I am so clever, and then weeks go by and I am proven wrong. The last …

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The Adventures of Goose Poop Farm

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It's been a year and a half since I gave up city life to return to my roots on the farm. A day trip brought me to Pepin County in Wisconsin. Awed by the awesome scenery: hills, valleys, rivers, trout creeks and most majestic of all, Lake Pepin - the wide spread on the Mississippi River. Read more

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