Media Type: Audio • Time: 121 Minutes and 0 Secs
Guests: Robert and Yvonne Hardy
Hour 1-3 -- Robert and Yvonne Hardy (Hosts of the Countryside Reunion) in Gentryville, Indiana talk about their self-sustaining lifestyle, and about the yearly event they host on their homestead, 'The Poor Farm'
Hour 2&3 -- Gregg Tivnan, Missouri Farmer and e-Zine contributor, joins the conversation and offers his advice from his farming experience
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2013-07-24 Hour 1 Robert and Yvonne Hardy
Robert and Yvonne Hardy
Hosts of the Countryside Reunion
on The Poor Farm (their homestead)
Countryside Reunion Information
Thank you for the interest you have expressed in the Countryside reunion. I hope this helps you to know what to expect and hope you are able to come.
Location information: Our homestead, The Poor Farm, is in southwestern IN about 10 miles south of Interstate 64 at exit #57 (US Hwy 231 S). Call for specific directions. Be cautious of trying to follow a map, since just last spring they opened up the new US HWY 231 through this county which does not run the same way as the old one.
Who we are: We are a couple whose children have all grown. We live on 20 acres with the majority of it being woods. We call our home The Poor Farm. Robert operates a sawmill. I work as a nurse. We have about 5000 sq ft of organic (not certified) garden, fruit trees, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, rhubarb, asparagus, herb beds, horseradish, grapes, etc. We raise chemical-free grass-fed beef cows on nearby acreage we own. We have a few rental properties. We built our own house and other outbuildings. Robert uses used cooking oil to fuel diesel vehicles and equipment. We make our own soap, wine, homebrew, and even, occasionally, soda pop. When we have a source of fresh milk, we churn our own butter. We have also begun making some cheeses. We can, freeze, and dehydrate the majority of what we eat. We have a butcher shop set up in our summer kitchen. We have spoken to college classes on green living topics on occasion. Our newest project is a greenhouse with an aquaponics set-up.
What to expect: When you arrive, pull into the drive and park your vehicle. Come around to the back side of the house (the shared, “community” area) and introduce yourself. You will be assisted to find a campsite (if applicable) of your preference. We have many shaded spots - there is no concern that you might have to be in the sun in July. We have a few sites available with electric hook-up. These may be reserved if you are sure you will be here, or are on a first-come, first-served basis as available upon arrival. You will be shown where the summer kitchen, hot and cold water, gas stove, wood stove, campfire, picnic tables, flushing toilet facilities, and the hot showers are located for your use. Most have no problem camping primitive with all the other conveniences available. We even provide fresh hot coffee and tea every morning from about 5am until around 10am. If you do not have a coffee cup with you, there will be disposable hot cups available. You will be given a “tour” of the Poor Farm - remind us if we forget - sometimes we give so many tours that we may think we took someone and did not. Introductions will take place and you may receive a nametag so we can all know whom everyone is. Each guest will sign in with contact information and place a pin on the map to show where you are from. You will be shown where the sign-up sheet is for demonstrations. Anyone wishing to speak about or demonstrate a topic is encouraged to do so. We can all learn from each other. Many are not comfortable doing this and that is ok, too. Come and enjoy. Each day is broken up into ½-hour increments. A demonstrator may sign up for one time period or as many as needed to cover the topic. We generally have only one thing going at a time so that the demonstrators can also observe other topics and no one has to choose what they want to watch. If you have something you can share, you are encouraged to do so.
We have two ponds. Fishing and swimming are permitted. Fishing is on a basis of catching and preparing or releasing. In other words, you may catch fish and prepare them for yourself or for all Countrysiders here, but we ask you not to attempt to stock your freezers at home. Children who wish to swim must be supervised. We are not responsible for the safety of your children. This is not an OSHA-declared safe zone. It is a working homestead. If you are not careful, it is possible to get hurt. We also have a trampoline, and children may use this as long as they follow our posted trampoline rules.
Alcoholic beverages are allowed but drunkenness is not. This is a family vacation for many and behavior must remain appropriate. We provide containers for your trash, but it is your responsibility to sort it. We have separate containers for tin cans, aluminum cans, #1 plastic bottles, #2 plastic bottles, glass, and burnable trash, and for trash that does not fit those categories. Please clean up your own messes.
Individual camp fires are discouraged since the purpose of being here is to visit with others who share the countryside philosophy. There is a nice central campfire kept going from the arrival of the first guest until after the last guest leaves. It is much nicer just to share this fire and the reunion takes place at a time of year that is frequently dry so it is much safer, too. We recommend that you keep meals simple. This is the only time all year that we get to visit with other Countrysiders. We do not want to spend it cooking and cleaning up and doubt if you do either. In the past, many meals have become impromptu pitch-ins, and all enjoy that. On Saturday, the noon meal is provided. Most generally, we are trying to get rid of the leftovers for the evening meal on Saturday, so do not plan to bring food for that meal either.
We live in a small county. We do not have a hospital or a Wal-Mart. However, we have Holiday World (a world-acclaimed amusement park that beats Disney in many categories), Lincoln State Park, and Lincoln National Park. The reunion falls on a holiday weekend, so if you plan to stay in a motel, get your reservations in early for the best pricing. By the way, we are within about ½ hour of both a hospital and a Wal-Mart, so no panic is necessary. If you wish to check out any of these or other attractions while you are here, try to either come early or stay late. They are really busy on that weekend, and we would hate for you to miss anything happening here. You are welcome to come early and/or stay later than the reunion dates either to allow yourself some time to see the area or to see what life at The Poor Farm is like when we don’t look like a campground.
If you have additional questions, ask. We will try to be as helpful as we can be. The one question we are asked the most is about any charges. It really is at no charge. We do not charge for anything. We love doing this and this is our vacation, too. Feel free to bring things you do not want anymore but know that some homesteader might like to have. You may give or sell things, but we are not responsible for whatever you bring. Also, if you have saved any extra heirloom seeds to share, please bring these as well. Please give us a call with any questions and to let us know how many to expect and when you plan to arrive. We are looking forward to hearing from you again and meeting you. Please have the phone numbers with you as you travel in case you need anything. Yvonne cell: 812-686-3805. Robert cell: 812-393-0160.
2013-07-24 Hour 2 Robert Hardy, Gregg Tivnan
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