About Mitten Acres
In 2012, we found a large 10+ acre parcel of land that was previously a hay field years ago that was split from the original farmhouse. The 10+ acre lot had a superb location. The property was only a couple of miles from my husbands work and only a couple of miles from shopping centers, hospitals and major expressways so it offered the best of both worlds. The property was overgrown and filled with wild blackberry, autumn olives and a lot of trees. We spent a little over a year hand clearing the property and getting ready to build our new home.
We are a small suburban farm located on 10+ acres located in SE Michigan about a half an hour Northeast of Ann Arbor in Milford Township. We raise and sell dual Registered Nigerian Dwarf Goats and a few French Black Copper Marans.
In the photograph above you can see the dense, treed property we began our homestead on. To the right, is our homestead after working on it for five years. You can see our new home and driveway, the large chicken coop and the area to the right we cleared for the barn and some of the areas we cleared for pasture.
Clearing land by hand offers the ability to control what trees are removed but it takes a lot of time and planning. We have saved the Oaks, Hickories, Hawthorns, Maples, Basswoods, Walnuts, Elm and the crab apples but are removing the Black Cherry Trees as they are poisonous to livestock.
Once we began building our home, we began to think about what we wanted to name our new suburban farm. We tried all kinds of names but nothing seemed to fit the property. We originally thought Mi-ten acres because we are in Michigan and we are on a little more than ten acres but the spelling was bothersome. Once we really thought about it, everyone recognizes lower Michigan is in the shape of a mitten and together with acres made more sense to us, was spelled correctly, so we chose Mitten Acres as our farms name.
We designed and built our own home. We did a lot of the work from painting, tiling, putting in insulation, caulking, installing doors and a few other things, it was quite an experience we totally enjoyed doing.
Since moving here, it's been non-stop - We began designing and building a larger chicken coop, installed fencing, and built a couple of goat sheds for the goats. We quickly realized the goat sheds were inadequate - we needed feed, equipment and hay storage, a place out of the elements to milk the goats and larger accommodations for the goats.
After watching a lot of videos on goat barns, researching goat barns and reading a lot of barn design books, I sat down and designed my own custom goat barn. We have a majority of our barn completed but still have a few things to complete - It is a work in progress.
We share our homestead with herd of registered Nigerian Dwarf Goats, French Black Copper Marans, a few miscellaneous breeds of hens and Honey Bees.