Chestnuts Farm is a ten acre tenanted permaculture plot in Wiltshire.
Over the years it has been home to a family of goats, ponies, chickens and children; a vegetable box scheme; a flock of Jacob sheep; and many friends, visitors and WWOOFers.

We are part time farmers, and following on from the excellent Permaculture Livelihoods course with Aranya and Pat Bowcock, we're re-looking at our income streams and how we plan on earning and living in this, our second half century.

Our purebred Oxford Down flock, checking out the camera.
In 2018 we are just getting used to an empty nest. Both in our fifties, we have lived this country life for twenty years, and raised two beautiful daughters in the way we believed was best for them.

The downside of this is that we have a rented house, rented land and a small heap of debt.

Our plan is to retire into our smallholding lifestyle, so we needed to make some pretty smart changes. In 2014 I got a part time job, which in 2016 became full time, full on, and much better paid. At the same time, Neil returned to the family trade, and opened up his painting and decorating business. Bridgen Painters and Decorators is thriving too.

This is the story of how we plan to get out of debt, build our retirement smallholding on our tenanted land, find a way to buy some security for our old age, and have a lot of fun along the way.


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