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Creating An Ultimate Get Away In The Woods – With Cabins, Camping & Tree Houses!

Have you ever wanted to create a special get away in the woods where time seemed to stand still? Where you can relax. Breathe in the fresh air. And most importantly, reconnect with family, friends, or perhaps just your own thoughts.

There is something so very special about unplugging and unwinding with nature. Whether it’s a quiet camping spot, a tiny cabin in the woods, or sitting around a fire pit in the late evening, enjoying the company and comradery of friends and family.

The thought of creating a little get away in the woods has always been at the top of our list. Hopefully, now that can become a reality.

For years, we have dreamed of someday finding the land to create such a spot. And even more, be able to share and enjoy it with others who love being in the great outdoors as well.

Well, today, we are so excited to announce that Old World Garden will be expanding to include such a space, and we can’t wait to get started on it!

For this post, we have left the comment section on. We would love to get some feedback on the plans. And of course, any ideas you might have for it too!

On The Road – A Dream Is Born

If there is one thing we learned during our 6+ months on the road traveling the country in our nuCamp Tab400 camper, it is that so many of the folks we encountered along the way dream of having the same exact “get away” space.

We were able to visit so many special “Get Away” spaces around the country like this one in South Dakota. It made us really want to create one of our own here close to our farm.

As we camped around the country, we met so many wonderful people from so many different walks of life. And fell in love with all types of camping experiences. (See : The Days of the Trip)

From staying in our own camper, to spending nights on working farms, ranches, and even in tiny houses and cabins – we loved it all.

And when we came back to our little farm this past March, we returned with a vigor and zest to create a space and place that could showcase some of our favorite stays at places all around the country.

creating the ultimate get away space
Whether it’s cooking over an outdoor fire, or taking long strolls through the woods, we fell in love with living outdoors.

One that we could enjoy with our friends and family, and share with others looking for the same experience as well.

Introducing “The Forest” – The Latest Addition To “The Farm”!

And so we began looking and looking. And looking some more! But finally, in late fall, we found our dream space that would be the perfect addition and experience to our current little 3 acre farm.

get away in the woods
The Forest – our latest addition to Old World Garden Farms! With a few open pastures and nearly 16 acres of woods, we hope to turn it into the ultimate get away space.

With just shy of 20+ acres of woods, pasture and trails, it is truly a diamond in the rough. One that we hope to create into a get away for us, our families and friends, and yes, for fellow outdoor lovers to experience too.

Since we often refer to our little 3 acre homestead as The Farm, we decided to name our latest adventure The Forest. We thought it was truly the perfect homage to the 2 things we enjoy the most – gardening and the great outdoors!

cabin in the woods
With 20 mostly wooded acres, we though “The Forest” was the perfect name. Now it’s time to get to work turning the space into the perfect get away place!

The Plan For The Forest

Although we’re keeping the exact location of “The Forest” under wraps for now, we can reveal a few things. And of course, our plans for it all!

It is close enough to the farm to be a part of events here. But, which was a must, far enough away to develop its own identity. And for that, we couldn’t be more excited.

Over the course of the next year, we will add a few off-grid sleeping cabins. And to those, a few neat little campers tucked here and there, and a central lodge/ home building as well.

off grid home
One of our most exciting projects on the property will be to create a 100% off-grid main cabin. For the structure shell, we will be using the Rocky Ridge model from our friends at Weaver Barns.

For the small cabins and the main lodge, we will be turning shed structures from Weaver Barns into living spaces. It is something we have done already on our little farm, and love how it all works together.

The campers will be a really neat touch as well. In fact, we are so excited that one will be the very nuCamp TAB400 solar powered camper we toured the country in!

Finally, we will also create one or two camping hook-ups around the property as well. After all, we can’t forget our friends who have campers!

off-grid mini cabin
This was a shed model from Weaver Barns that we converted into a mini cabin at The Farm. We will be doing the same at the The Forest for a few overnight sleeping cabins.

Trails & A House In The Trees

In addition to the campers and cabins, we will be creating a network of trails through the woods. And a few features along the way. One of which we can’t wait to build, will be named The House In The Trees.

It will be our very own version of a tree house. Not a house built in a tree – but a cottage built with living trees incorporated into its structure. Should be a neat adventure for sure!

Along the way, we will be sharing all kinds of how-to articles from the progress. Like, how to convert a shed into a cabin. How to install solar power to a cabin or tiny house. And, how to create hook-ups for a camper at home and more.

get away in the woods
With several paths already on the land, we hope to add a few more for long hikes and strolls through the woods.

And hopefully, if all goes to plan, by late next summer, we will also be able to begin setting aside a few select weekends to let others enjoy the experience at The Forest as well!

Here is to gardening, cooking, all things DIY – and hopes and dreams! And to creating an ultimate get away in the woods! Jim and Mary.

Jim and Mary Competti have been writing gardening, DIY and recipe articles and books for over 15 years from their 46 acre Ohio farm. The two are frequent speakers on all things gardening and love to travel in their spare time.

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Friday 27th of November 2020

I love your idea of creating The Forest. Please keep all of us in the loop as you move forward with this inspiring project.

Charlotte Moore

Thursday 26th of November 2020

WOW!! You all will be busy bees during this project. I have missed your 50 states of traveling. At least you made it to over half I think it was.

Hope you all share your work in progress.


Thursday 26th of November 2020

Hi Charlotte and thanks for the message. Yes indeed we will be busy - but that is the way we love it! Can't wait to share our latest project over the coming months.


Thursday 26th of November 2020

What a fun project. I look forward to following along :-) I have a question about the shed you converted to a cabin. What is the size of the building? We are thinking of doing the same at our home for when visitors come and our local rules allow up to 109 sq ft without a building permit...I'm just not sure if that's enough. I'm very excited to understand how to set up solar for a cabin/shed.

I love your articles and go to your site often for advice.

Thank you and good luck with your plans, Kris Wallace

Also - Happy Thanksgiving!


Thursday 26th of November 2020

Good afternoon Kris and Happy Thanksgiving! We converted a 10 x 14 shed for our first one, and we are working on a 20'x12. The 10 x 14 works well, and it very cozy, but it might be tough to go any smaller. The solar has worked out really well, and we will definitely be doing a few articles on installing systems a couple of different ways. Jim and Mary


Thursday 26th of November 2020

I have followed you on you whole adventure and before. Loved it. This sounds like another super adventure and am looking forward to reading all about it. Thank you for scaring. Happy Thanksgiving


Thursday 26th of November 2020

Hi Charlyene - and thanks so much for your message! We loved the adventure too - and can't wait to start this new one! Happy Thanksgiving - Jim and Mary

Deb Rogers

Thursday 26th of November 2020

Your idea is absolutely SUPER! I started following you a few weeks ago when I stumbled on your site - I was looking for next steps after my 5-gallon pails of cherry tomatoes were a hit this summer. I was thinking what a wonderful experience it would be to spend time at your farm! I'm wondering, would this project potentially include a "working farm getaway" for city folk like me to come spend a week (or more, or less) working and learning alongside you while we stay at your new digs?

Keep dreaming, keep building - your story is so inspiring!


Thursday 26th of November 2020

Hi Deb and thanks so much for the message! It is certainly something we are considering - including the farm as well here. We will keep working on it all and hopefully will know more by spring! Jim and Mary

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