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Humble Cottage Farm

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One eco-friendly couple is turning their out of town lot into the farm they always dreamed about. 
Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you north of Mandan to Humble Cottage Farm.

What started as a garden in town has turned into this quarter acre patch.
(Jenn  Barnhart / Humble Cottage Farm) "It started with sunflowers. Growing mammoth sunflowers. From there we are like what else can we grow?It became almost an obsession. We read some books of people who have built their own houses and started their own farms and that was our inspiration. "
Building their own house and yard is exactly what this couple did.
Jared and Jenn Barnhart are the creators of Humble Cottage Farm.
After tackling this house and garage project --the two are now turning this soil into their dream. 
(Jenn  Barnhart / Humble Cottage Farm) "We want to make a living being farmers. Producing healthy fruits and vegetables for people and taking care of the soil." 
(Jared Barnhart / Humble Cottage Farm) "We would like to feed as many people as we can, healthy food without the use of chemicals or anything like that. Even when we gardened in town we didn't use any chemicals because we didn't want it ourselves. So we figured why not grow more and get it out to people who also want the same thing." 
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "Humble Cottage Farm is also very unique. As you can see they use these solar panels for all of their energy needs."
The Barn hart's have big plans to expand. 
(Jared Barnhart / Humble Cottage Farm) "Over here, we tilled that up and we are getting that ready for next year. We are going to expand. That should be strawberries and asparagus, we haven't for sure decided. On this side of the garden we are going to put in a greenhouse, hopefully we will start doing that late summer, early fall." 
(Jenn  Barnhart / Humble Cottage Farm) "People are just so hungry and anxious for fresh and local foods."
And the Barnharts have a hunger to feed them--selling their extra asparagus to the Toasted Frog this spring.
They plan to sell the excess of this garden at the Mandan Farmers Market.

If you would like to learn more about Humble Cottage Farm you can follow the farm's progress on their facebook page.

 

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