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Whispering Oaks
Whispering Oaks
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Cave Spring, Georgia, US
Climate zone:
Warm Temperate

Jane Brown Kerstin Schmitz Sara Elbohy
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Whispering Oaks

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Rural, Residential

Project Summary

Permaculture-inspired homestead in NW Georgia

Project Description

Whispering Oaks is five and a half acres on a gentle, south-facing slope in the foothills of the Appalachians. I purchased the land several years ago and am finally able to try turning it into my sanctuary. The house was built in 1872 and bricked in the 40s. I live here with my three daughters, chickens, and five stray cats. There are some outbuildings, including an old darkroom which I converted into the chicken coop. The property has taken tornado damage twice now since I've had it and I have spent the past couple of years clearing up from that. I've planted fruit trees and some berries, put in two small ponds, and made earthen steps up the slope towards the chickens and fenced garden. I'm originally from North Dakota and so I'm not native to the SE. I am constantly trying to identify what plants and insects are as I come across them. I have started a huglekulter raised bed with storm damage wood that is about four years old now. I'm basically trying to reclaim my property, my happiness, and find the inspiration I once had. If I'm lucky I'll meet others who have the same sort of dreams.



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