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  • Writer on topics like exiting the corporate world (i.e. quitting your job), urban homesteading, the importance of being a “maker,” living simply & spending less, learning how to be more self-sufficient, and how to learn new skills such as smoking meat, brewing beer, as well as web/technology tips for artists & craftspeople.
  • Photographer covering nature, craftsmanship, art, family life and people I encounter during my travels. My portfolio is here. I also share photography tips I’ve picked up along the way.
  • Consultant/Engineer at my I.T. company, “The VCO Project.” My areas of focus are servers, networking, security, WordPress, and a handful of other things too long to list. Want to hire me? Click here! :-) 

About HalfAcre Farm and Jody & Virgil

Hi and welcome. This website is where we share our urban homesteading experiments & stuff we learn along the way. This page will give you an overview of what to expect.

"I’m fascinated by the variety that life holds and with learning new things. I’ve been involved with a myriad of different businesses and volunteer organizations. My roles have been everything from consultant to carpenter, I.T. manager to repo-man, salesman to butcher’s apprentice, contractor to entrepreneur. (This doesn’t include my personal pursuits which range from brewing beer to Jiu Jitsu to woodworking.)
So, I write about several different topics, share tips & techniques for small-scale homesteading, outdoors-related stuff, woodcraft, tool selection/use, meat smoking, recipes, beer brewing, photography, gardening and other projects we're working on. I also share books I’m writing, quotes and ideas that I find meaningful and free downloads & cheat sheets from time to time. My hope is that you'll find what I publish to be both interesting & helpful.
Oh yeah, I live in rural southern Missouri, and have been married to the same beautiful (and sassy) woman since 1991, and couldn’t image life without her!"
- Virgil

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