About

Hello, I'm Rachel Hardacre.

Making is a huge part of my life– I make to think through a problem, I make to learn and I make to unwind. For the past few years, I have been dreaming of starting a creative outlet for the making I love most – gardening, knitting, and cooking. I see each of these interests as intertwined, with so much of what I create being inspired by nature, both cultivated and wild. Through Acre, I want to reframe the making I do to use every bit of what I grow and forage to make, cook or preserve. This is a lofty goal, and I hope to use Acre as a space to share how I learn and navigate this idea of making. I am not an expert by any means, and I am so excited to learn and try, sharing my process, patterns, recipes and general ideas here on the Acre.

Why Acre?

I grew up with 5 acres of woods as my playground. I spent many Saturdays in the backyard woods with my brother, building forts and bed sheet hammocks, collecting acorns, mushrooms and gooseberries for ‘the long winter storage’ ( I was really into Little House of the Prairie) and making pots out of clay we found. The woods still holds so much mystery and excitement for me, and I want to continue to learn and explore what could be found, celebrated and made from what I find there.

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I live outside of Saint Paul, Minnesota in the burbs on a quarter acre of land. In the few years we have been there, my husband and I have built 3 garden beds, which have been a huge highlight in our time here. Gardening prior to this home was at our church’s community garden, where as a newbie gardener I learned a lot of things by observing other amazing gardeners and from my own gardening successes and failures. I  am still learning, and have often said to my husband “gardening is war” when the height of summer pests takes there toll. I want to more actively share my own approach to gardening to inspire other gardeners and improve as a gardener each growing season.

So, here goes nothing. I am excited to begin sharing out what happens this coming year on the Acre.

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In memory of my little brother Troy whose bold creativity and incredible talent continues to inspire me to take steps and risks creatively. I miss running through the woods with you. A huge thank you to friends and family who encouraged me that this creative endeavor is worth pursuing. Thank you Lucy Hawthorn for taking photos of me in my garden.