Self-sufficient For a Lifetime

Self-sufficient For a Lifetime

Lou and Nell Fletcher's 1953 honeymoon was unique by many standards…this Colorado couple went camping, then canning.

"Bought a bunch of fruit and came home and canned it. We winded up finishing up our honeymoon canning," remembers Lou Fletcher.

That started their efforts of living life as homesteaders on their 240-acre ranch in Colorado. For 61 years, the Fletcher's have grown their own vegetables, harvested their own meat, heated their own homes and made their own clothes.

Watch the video above to see the different varieties of food this couple has grown.

Both Lou and Nell believe the farm is where they belong. But as they grow older, they can't help but wonder what is going to become of the farm when they are gone.

Luckily, some of their grandchildren have shown an interest in the farm and are working to keep the homestead legacy alive.

"I just love this type of lifestyle, being outside of town and not having to worry about going to the supermarket," says granddaughter Ashley Lindberg.

The Fletcher's farm isn't just loved by family, though. It's even been recognized by Grit Magazine, who named the Fletcher's as one of five National Homesteaders of the Year.


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