Hello and welcome! We are Torrie and Matt, and we have three children ages 6 down to 1. When I (Torrie) started this blog, we lived on a “suburban homestead” in Northern Utah, and our dream was to one day own more land so that we could pursue our desire to cultivate the land, learn how to create stunning bouquets of blooms from our own cutting garden, become more self-sufficient, and raise animals (though that last one is more of Matt’s dream than mine).
Little did we know that just a year after starting this blog in March 2020, we would learn that Matt’s company was relocating to a much more rural location three hours’ south, which would allow us to purchase a home with double the land we’d had to play around with before. Now, on our property that’s just over a half-acre, we are pursuing our homesteading dreams like never before, with the additional bonus of getting to pursue my own personal dream of owning a flower farm where we grow and sell cut flowers in market-style bouquets to the public. I started Dream Acre Flower Farm in 2021, and while it’s one of the steepest learning curves I’ve ever had to face (next to parenthood), I am loving the process and all that it’s brought to us so far.
Neither of us have a background in farming, agriculture, or homesteading—we both grew up in the suburbs outside of Salt Lake City, and we attended the same university and pursued degrees in subjects that had nothing at all to do with what would become known as Our Homestead Dream: I graduated first with my degree in English Education and taught 7th grade Language Arts and Spanish for 4 years, and Matt graduated soon after with a degree in Human Movement Science with the intent of becoming a physical therapist. Life has a funny way of throwing you curve balls, however, so now I’m a stay-at-home mom who blogs and does flower farming on the side, and Matt is the operations and shipping manager for a company that makes small animal (rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas) food.
We hope you’ll follow along with our journey as we develop our homestead, grow our flower farm, learn from our mistakes, and continue to pursue a more self-reliant way of life. Welcome to I Dream of Acres!
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