PIT-Purposeful, Intentional, Teamwork

The Pit -  3 ACRES OF LAND, SURROUNDED BY ORGANIC FARMLAND IN DRIFTLESS WISCONSIN, WHERE OUR FAMILY CONTINUES TO GROW in sustainability and land exploration. At this time there is no electricity, heat or running water.

Respect/Preserve/ learn from the land by endorsing sustainable practices, one action at a time.

 2016 - Large leftover shale pile

2016 - Large leftover shale pile

 2016 - After the shale was spread

2016 - After the shale was spread

The summer of 2018, 2 years after purchasing this tiny parcel, gave us plenty of surprises, both pleasant and otherwise. Nature was our constant refuge and we dedicated as much time as we could to the PIT. It was very satisfying to have limited cell service and shelter, as the last two year we used a beach umbrella to protect ourselves from the elements when we visited.


Nature - patience's best teacher

The fall of 2016 was all about brush cleanup. We have learned a great deal about patience from our work and the climate. Without shelter we are limited in the amount of work we can complete at one time and the tools we can employ. Having a budget is also helpful.


Our first time installing a ladder stand. Perhaps wearing sandals and red pants in the woods was not my best fashion move.

It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it...So get out there...explore the forests...breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious and awesome space...I promise you this one sweet victory...over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.
— Edward Abbey (1927-1989)


Having completed the first stage of our project by building steps instead of a road, we are now working on the trail, removing dangerous cattle fencing and cutting overgrown, thorny bushes (wearing proper gear).