Robert Baxley is a homesteader, natural builder, and chef living on Colorado’s Western Slope. A vocationally trained gourmet chef, Bob honed his culinary craft at premier restaurants, resorts, and hotels, before purchasing his own fine dinning restaurant in Southern Colorado.
After 12 years of success as a restaurateur, divorce and natural disaster lead to the end of Bob’s restaurant. He began a new career in natural and alternative building with a high school friend. When the ’07 financial collapse happened, he began questioning the sanity of reliance on the complex and corrupt systems that run the world. With inspiration from the Survival Podcast, and a self-directed permaculture education, Bob embarked on the homesteading journey.
From a humble beginning of container gardening in a micro yard of a patio home, Bob began developing food production skills. He, and his wife Barbara, found land in the mountains above Denver, but building and land use codes prevented them from developing the homestead they dreamt of. By rehabilitating a small farm on the Eastern Colorado plains, complete with earthworks and food forest installations, Bob managed to amass enough equity to flip that farm at a profit sufficient to pay cash for 20 acres of river frontage along the North Fork of the Gunnison River.
He has constructed a modest cottage using cordwood construction, timber frame, and a variation of hempcrete techniques using sawdust from a local mill. He, and his wife, run a subsistence homestead producing orchard pork, pastured poultry, and dairy product from A2 Jersey cows. Bob operates a blog and YouTube channel which teach homesteading skills, natural building, and soil to fork cooking.
As a life-long voluntarist, Bob is not one to participate in government politics, but new restrictive land use codes are being implemented in his tiny mountain community. He is now engaged in the fight against this bureaucratic overreach.
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