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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 suburban yard. 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 (my ancestors came on the Mayflower and didn’t go far!). I feel truly blessed to have grown up on Cape & to be able to raise my kids in the same community. A string of quaint seaside villages, picturesque beaches, and a fudge or ice cream shop around every corner – what’s not to love? 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. On this laid back island I share my life with my husband, our four children and our ever expanding herd of furry & feathered friends.
Our backyard “farm” adventure I suppose 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. So 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 in 2012 is when I feel like my farming dreams really kicked into gear. 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? So 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 I think my extended family thought I was losing my mind every time my chicken flock expanded. 2015 was a big year for us, we expanded our backyard farm with the addition of our adorable Angora rabbits; and The Cape Coop was born with the start of this blog, & deciding to turn my hobby of soap making into a business! 2016 we added ducks to the mix and now my extended family KNOWS I’ve lost my mind but they are happy I’m living my dreams.
In 2020 we were so blessed to find a little farm right in our home town. 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 1852 farmhouse complete with huge horse barn & 1 acre lot! The home & barn are in need of some work and I admit I’m a little bummed about leaving my gardens & orchards behind, but I am excited to make the old homestead shine again. I have no idea what I am going to fill this big barn with yet, but I can’t wait to find out! I’m glad you are here to share the journey with us! – Update! In November of 2020 we added two adorable alpacas, they fill up some of the barn but I’m already thinking they will need a few more friends…
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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