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Kim Stewart, Artist - Photographer - Backyard Homesteader

80 miles west of where?   Anywhere.

My  husband and I, along with our two dogs, two cats, 20+ chickens, honeybees and our son, live on a little over an acre in the beautiful rural setting of western PA.  Our mission? To improve our lifestyle - better food coupled with the deep satisfaction of growing it ourselves!


Working together we have created our backyard homestead! 

Our quest is to become self-sustainable - growing healthy organic food in our garden, recycling chicken manure and garden waste into usable compost, raising bees to pollinate our crops. 


Tending to our garden, watching the antics of our chickens or inspecting our honeybee hives always find their way into my blog - Honey, let's get chickens...

We are backyard homesteaders - modern urban farmers! 


People often ask why 80 Miles West ?


Did you ever have  the urge to hop in your car and drive anywhere just for the sake of exploring? Seeing something new, revisiting old haunts, exploring a different corner of a favorite destiny, enjoying the homemade flavors of a small diner? Exploring with my husband on weekends is where we unplug from the weekly grind of logic & order. It's where I gather inspiration to feed my creative soul. 


80 Miles West is about experiencing adventure - from our own back yard to our spur-of-the-moment road trips - 80 miles west of where? ...anywhere


Photography, paint, and pencil -  tools I use to create art!  

A shovel, rake and hoe - tools we use to create healthy self-sustainability!