I’m originally from the land of Soybeans and Corn- growing up the tallest thing in our town was the grain elevator.  I moved to Maine in 2008 as part of Americorps.  I fell in love with the state, and then the Saint who would eventually become my wife (much to her dismay on most days).  We settled in her hometown- Mount Vernon which had been our plan since we started dating.  We are active and involved in our community, we homestead, and we both work full time.  We are trying to balance the stresses of living and working in this state while at the same time trying to strengthen our little corner of the world.

My ambitions for our homestead do not necessarily line up with my competency, capacity,  or free time.  I am an apple nerd with no knowledge, a beekeeper who keeps hope alive- but maybe not my bees, a gardener who is trying desperately to figure out a niche market for the only things I can successfully grow (ragweed and crabgrass), and a backyard carpenter who has never made a straight cut or a level table- and doesn’t see any real reason to start now.  I hope that this blog can help document my continuing failures and occasional successes as we continue to build our lives in our Village.

I am active and involved in our local community, and I have been recently nominated by the Cat as the best male blogger.

You can contact me at lucasrumler@gmail.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/undertheredastrachan/,  or by mail at 46 Weston Road, Mount Vernon, ME 04352.