Meet Charlie & Tom



NE Ohio born and raised Charlisina (Charlie) Newport, first discovered a love for the mountains by traveling in her teens on cross country trips with her grandparents.  Later she discovered a love for permaculture in college, minimalism and traditional nourishment in motherhood, and homesteading while living the full-time RV life with her family in the western U.S.  Charlie was never fulfilled by her entrepreneurial career or career by employer endeavors; rather found creating a healthier lifestyle alongside her husband to be a more natural calling to her hearth and home instincts.  When she’s not traveling, or working on off-grid homesteading research; Charlie is creating a daily photograph journal of her family’s adventures backpacking, hiking, kayaking, homesteading, and living life to its fullest.


Tom KayakingNE Ohio born and raised Tom Newport grew up in the quiet suburbs of Canton/Massillon where he was always drawn to the outdoors.  His natural knack for management and merchandising led him to a successful 20+ year career in retail management.  Most his career he moved around northern Ohio opening and managing big box stores.  His career later took he and his family to California.  Burning out on the rat race that left him no family time and unethical corporate practices he changed careers to land management.  This took his family on a full time RV adventure stretching from the California coast to the high Rockies of Colorado.  During this time, he renewed his childhood connection and love of the land.  There was much talk and plans of homesteading in the future.  As life is unpredictable (see why we chose to homestead) the homestead timeline was moved up.  Tom now finds himself learning new skill sets in homesteading, applying his land management skills to his own land.  His days no longer end in ethical torment and stress induced physical exhaustion.  Now he finds his body and soul nourished by the homestead lifestyle and is living a successful life in fatherhood, as he says, “the real wealth of this lifestyle change is time with my family that the retail world would never allow me.”  Now long days of rewarding work are capped with reading his two boys to sleep, and fireside chats with his wife Charlie.