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Welcome! For years I had daydreamed about owning my own farm – growing a huge garden, caring for animals, enjoying a simpler life. I used to think that I could not enjoy those things unless I won the lottery, quit my job, and moved to the country. While that still sounds like a pretty solid plan, I am not going to wait around for that dream to come true. I am going to fit that dream life around my real life, and into my backyard. I hope this site will inspire you to follow your dreams no matter where you call home!
Our name, The Cape Coop, is a nod to our home on beautiful Cape Cod in Massachusetts. I am a 12th-generation New Englander, I live about 30 miles from Plymouth Rock where my ancestors landed on the Mayflower and none of us went too far. I feel truly blessed to have grown up on Cape & to be able to raise my kids in the same community.
The Cape takes pride in inviting people to slow down, unplug, and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. We aren’t a flashy, thrill-a-minute destination and that’s just fine with us. We are barefoot in the sand, we are come as you are. I share my life with my husband, our four children, a grandson, and our ever-expanding herd of furry & feathered friends.
Our backyard “farm” adventure began innocently enough in 1998 when we bought our first house. I knew we would have a garden; my mom always had a wonderful kitchen garden, and I had so many fond memories of harvesting ripe, warm strawberries and plucking sweet peas off vines that towered over my head. That first summer I had a tiny plot of dirt where pretty much everything I planted died. Over the years my garden has grown and grown and I’d like to think I have learned quite a bit over the years.
But right around New Year’s 2012, my farming dreams started to become reality. I was browsing through Pinterest, dreaming up a garden plan for the spring, when I came across the cutest little chicken coop. I stared at that coop for a long time. I thought to myself “I wish I could have chickens”. Staring at that photo, I realized the only thing standing in the way of my dreams was me (isn’t that the case so many times?). I knew my town allowed chickens because the couple down the street had them. We called them “the chicken people”. Could I be a “chicken person” too? For days I read all I could on keeping chickens before I told my husband & kids – they were all on board and within a month we had our first fuzzy baby chicks!
I had zero experience with chickens and farming but we have learned a lot along the way. 2015 was a big year for us, we expanded our backyard farm with the addition of rabbits, and The Cape Coop was born with the start of this blog and the decision to turn my hobby of soap making into a business!
In 2016 ducks became a fun new addition on the farm.
In 2020 we were so blessed to find a little farm right in our hometown. So we packed up our house & home of 22 years, all our animals (that was an adventure!), and took a leap of faith by purchasing an 1850s farmhouse complete with a huge horse barn and 1-acre lot. The home and barn are in need of some work and I admit I was a little bummed about leaving my gardens & fruit trees behind, but I am excited to make this old homestead shine again.
While the huge barn was a major reason for buying the house, we were not sure what we were going to put in it! We finally decided on alpacas and have been so happy with them. They don’t require a ton of care and provide us with lots of fiber for making socks, hats, gloves, and more.
In 2022 we added geese to the growing poultry flock, they are so hilarious and personable! I definitely feel like a “real” farmer now and love this crazy, busy life we have built!
I am a pretty big family history buff, so you can imagine how excited I was when shortly after we decided to raise chickens I discovered these photos of my grandfather when he was a young boy. I didn’t know it, but he had grown up on a farm in Connecticut with his parents, sisters & grandparents where they raised chickens! It was such a treat to discover this special connection. I guess being a “chicken person” has been in my blood all along!
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I am not a veterinarian, just an animal owner & lover sharing my opinions and experiences. Any advice on caring for animals or diagnosing & treating medical conditions for animals should be evaluated by a trained veterinarian.
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