Indigo Acres

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Our goal has always been to create a life we don’t need a vacation from.  We call Indigo Acres our “Stay-cation”.  Our 13 acres, in West Michigan, represent our passion for all things living, from gardens to critters.

Wifey and I are both two extremely driven women.  We set our mind on a goal, and we make it happen.  About 5 years ago we realized we had one more dream we needed to make a reality.  That was how Indigo Acres was born.  I closed the door on my 22 year career, in the world of education, to focus on the dream of building our small farm.   Wifey continues to practice pediatric medicine, but equally loves her time on the farm.


Indigo Acres was established in 2014 and we have never looked back.  We started with 2 horses, 2 goats and 12 chickens!  4 years later, we have grown to 1 horse (RIP sweet Velvet), 4 goats, 4 sheep,1 mini donkey, 7 barn cats, 1 Newfoundland, 31 ducks and over 100 chickens.  And, we are welcoming quail this July!


I love every moment of my life, and I am filled with gratitude daily.  Our motto here at Indigo Acres is, “Do What You Love…Love What You Do…”  That about says it all!

This is our 2018 t-shirt design. I know many of you have this tee already.  Feel free to send me a photo, wearing this tee, doing what you love.  I would so enjoy featuring you, on Growing Self!

Here are a few of our Indigo Acre family members…

Band and kid pictures Fall 2015 147
Sam, the Nubian Goat


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Pumpkin, Wifey’s Farm Dog


Fabulous Flo, the Polish Hen


Oatmeal, the naughty pygmy goat


Master Frodo, the amazing mini donkey


Ranger & Bubba, babydoll sheep


Sweet Rosie, bantam old English hen
A few of the ladies!
The new ducklings


And so many more!

If you would enjoy daily updates, photos and videos from Indigo Acres, check out Growing Self at Indigo Acres on Instagram!

Harvesting Sunflowers

Do you have a dream?  What are you waiting for?  Make it a reality!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…












56 thoughts on “Indigo Acres

  1. I loved reading your blog about having a small farm! I am also interested in starting a small hobby farm and having animals and growing lots of plants and flowers and trees. But how to make an income from this? That is the hard part!? I am also a Teacher too. How did you do it!? 🙂

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    1. My last year of teaching was the farm’s first year. We have always had large flower and veggie gardens, plus fruit trees and berries. This was still a challenge to balance during the school year. Once we added the animals, I knew it was time to close one door. I was ready.


      1. We sell our eggs, which pays for the birds. We also sell fruits and veggies during the season. It is truly a hobby farm, so any money we make goes right back to the farm.


      2. Ok sounds good. Sounds like a lot of work too but very rewarding! Good on you for making the change!! A big leap of faith required with a great ending. Its all about building a great lifestyle and enjoying our journey in life. Well done!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your journey Roda! One day my husband and I want to build a self sustianing environmentally friendly house. I hope we will be able to accomplish that. Your post gives me hope 🙂

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  3. Indigo Acres sounds like a piece of heaven (except for the cold in winter…) I long for something similar down here in Texas but having lived on a farm in Scotland, I know that my health is not up to such a challenge. Instead I love my inside cat, outside cat and the many wild critters that live under our deck (in a subtropical forest). I guess you are not going to any of your lovely animals now you have named them?? Flo should be starring in Sex in the City – what fabulous feathers!

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  4. What a lovely post. Your place is like Heaven on Earth. Love you Sis and all of your critters too… Very inspired by the babydoll sheep. And by the way, you look amazing. The photo of you and the sunflowers is fabulous!

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