Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.  - Psalm 127:4,5

Welcome To Quiver Full Farms!

Gather around while we discuss topics such as homesteading and farming, healthy eating, frugal living, homeschooling and family life, emergency preparedness and just about anything else we can come up with.

Photo of the Rivera Family

How We Got Started Homesteading

Quiver Full Farms has been a journey in the making. It was after my first child and around the time of hurricane Katrina that I realized I needed to take more personal responsibility for my family and myself. 

We didn't wake up the next morning thinking we would be living on a farm in Texas, but step by step and little by little that is where we are today. So how did we go from living in a NJ town house to a 10 acre Texas ranch? Here is the abbreviated story.

Our first born was just a little over 6 months old when Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005. As I sat back in my comfy house in NJ watching it unfold on TV I started thinking, what if something like that happened here? Maybe not a hurricane, but what if some natural disaster happened near me? A blizzard perhaps. Or maybe a wildfire. Does it really matter? The police, fire crews, and local governments were not able to provide much help in Louisiana as they were overwhelmed. Even the supposed safe zone of the Superdome had many risks. Who could I count on in a time like that? Who would take care of me, my wife, and my newborn son? I always knew I was the protector and provider for my family but it was then that I realized what that truly meant. It meant that no one else was responsible for my family and myself except for me.

Did we wake up the next morning and move to Texas? No, of course not. But that was the event that got the ball rolling in my mind. Fast forward to about 2007. I'm working a good job in Philly at UPenn but we found ourselves talking a lot about how dissatisfied we were with living in NJ. We realized that the cost of living was so high it would take quite some time to save for a single family home, and even if we did the taxes would be so high that it was just ridiculous.  And while its not exactly like an episode of the Soprano's the area was definitely run by the "good ol' boys." So instead of complaining we decided to do something about it. We made our walk to freedom.

My grandfather had always told us we should move to TX so I put my resume up on monster.com, found a better paying job, and we moved. Simple as that. No state tax and the lower cost of living were just icing on the proverbial cake.  (We could have sold just our garage in NJ and bought a house here in TX!) The house that we did buy was in an Home Owners Association (HOA). I had never lived in an HOA so I didn't really know much about them. We quickly found out that they were not for us!  Sarcastic rant in 3...2...1...You know...the Federal Government, State Government, and City Government is just not enough government for me. I know! Lets move into an HOA so we can have more government in our lives because we obviously can not govern ourselves! ...rant over. So we again did something about it.

In 2013 we moved out of our HOA and onto our 10 acre homestead AND.WE. LOVE.IT! Somewhere between Katrina in 2005 and homesteading in 2013 we had also made many changes in our lifestyle. Things like starting our journey out of debt, deciding to homeschool our kids, eating cleaner, and getting into homeopathy all just kind of started to fall into place. One by one. But it has been a journey none the less. A journey to freedom.

And that is what we want Quiver Full Farms to be. A place of freedom!

Follow Us On Our Journey

We don't have everything down, and if you follow along with us you will find that out very quickly. But we hope this farm, this family, and this blog will help someone along on their way to freedom. Weather that means planting your first seed, encouraging a fellow homeschool mom, or starting your own homestead, we want you share in our stories and tell us some of yours along the way.