They arrived at their farm in an airstream with “nothing but a toothbrush and our clothing”, as Tamlyn says. They went on to build a gorgeous home and stunning garden, an orchard, and more! Tamlyn swears she couldn’t even keep a succulent alive before the farm, but now has a menagerie full of proof that she indeed has a green thumb and much more – including a heart of gold.
Tamlyn and her husband have twin boys to chase after, dogs underfoot, and some cats too! They homeschool and home cook, with some of my own favorite health-boosting recipes coming from this mama. They raise bees, grow cut flowers, and have some adorable chickens and cows.
What I loved most about talking to this beautiful soul was how connected she is to the season and the sun. You’ll see that below – I kept saying, “so about what time do you have breakfast?” and she would very kindly reply, “hmmm … well. Maybe 8:30?” and I realized that their family has a wonderful rhythm that is deeply connected to nature, not the clocks. I admire that so much, and it struck me how much I arbitrarily at times use the clock as a tool, instead of being connected to what my family needs. I digress. You will love Tamlyn and her gorgeous home and garden.
Here is a day in the life of Tamlyn at Wild Run Farms:
Sunrise: The sun rises into my bedroom, so whenever time that is, I wake up. Everyone is till asleep and the dogs and I walk down the stairs, dodging the cats who attack at my feet. We have a beautiful morning daybreak and live in a box canyon, so the marine layer floats up in here with tendrils of floating misty clouds.
Every morning I walk the garden, let chickens out, and fill all the waters.
Some time after sunrise: I have first cup of coffee on back porch by myself and take it in. I think about what the day will look like, and in the busy season that is now, I’m making sure that everything is growing in the garden accordingly.
8:30am: Breakfast as a family followed by a 3-mile hike with my husband and the dogs.
9:30am: We homeschool from after our walk until lunch. The boys are in 6th grade and are very independent kids. We read aloud daily, discuss current events, keep them up to date and ask for their opinions on what’s going on in the world. It leads to incredible conversation!
Lunch: cooking is my cornerstone. Food is really important – simple, beautiful food that’s fresh. The kids know they can go into the garden and pick anything at any time, so I’ll send the kids into the garden to go get whatever we need.
I think kids and gardening is really important – get your hands dirty, find a worm, see plants grow from seed, and sell it!
After lunch: In summer, as the sun starts to cool down I get out into the garden. I spend about 4 hours a day in the garden tending to whatever needs it. I’m often just helping things climb, pruning, and what not.
Around sunset – Sit on the porch (wrap around) with husband and watch cows, with dogs at our feet. We will then mosey inside and have dinner as a family, using what I’ve found in the garden that afternoon.
You can learn more about Tamlyn and her family at www.wildrunfarms.com or on Instagram here.