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Environment & Climate Change

Ypsilanti family finds happiness in living off the land

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Meet the Gold family. They're modern day homesteaders. 

Their goal is to live as self-sufficiently as possible on their three-acre farm in Ypsilanti. (They often say they use yesterday's knowledge combined with today's technology.)

Two years ago they started the Michigan Folk School. The school promotes traditional folk arts and the preservation of forest and farmland.

To find out why the family started the school, and why they became homesteaders in the first place, listen to this week's Environment Report, right here.

During my interview with the family, six-year-old Amelie Gold wanted to explain to me how the family goes into the forest to tap maple trees. She walks us through the process, and you can listen here:

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