Tara Klager and her husband, Bob, have a circa 1910 homestead, a small mixed flock of heritage breed sheep (Cotswold and Border Leicesters), alpacas, quite a few chickens and more horses than are strictly-speaking necessary northwest of Calgary, AB. With both their children grown and living away, the land has become a passion and sheep one of the critical partners in their land management strategy.
Before moving to this property, Tara and Bob and their two sons had spent years rootless, traversing the country and working in a variety of jobs in both the private and public sectors. For Tara, through many moves and many years of working in media - mostly print journalism - while raising children, the dream was always a place to call home, somewhere that felt like the farm she grew up on - living like a wild thing, roaming the countryside - surrounded by a sprawling, activist family in a small hamlet just outside Kitchener, Ontario. On a frigid January day back in 2015, after a providential discovery in the back of a travel magazine, they found themselves moving into a tiny house that looked like it had been dropped from space into the middle of some very neglected former farmland. Six years later and you wouldn't recognize the place. It's been quite an adventure.
Tara has a Journalism Diploma, an aborted attempt at a university degree and like most professional writers, almost no marketable skills. She completed her Permaculture Design course through Oregon State University and since then has devoted many hours and buckets of elbow grease building Providence Lane Homestead together with her family. Even before the pandemic, the vision has always been to make the homestead a place of hospitality, respite and retreat. After years spent in the heaving tumult of media and politics, Providence Lane Homestead is exactly the anchor Tara has been looking for - and she's more than happy to share. People, place and permaculture - welcome to our frontier!