Still commuting to Denver as a firefighter, Josh Ciardullo and his family go rural after being drawn to the Wellington area.
By Libby James
North Forty News
The Ciardullo family—Josh, 36, Erica, 33, and their son, Henry, 10—open their eyes every morning to a long stretch of open fields, some green, some dryland tan, illuminated most mornings by a brilliant rising sun. Recent transplants from “suburban Boulder,” the family is reveling in the open spaces that surround them.
They have been living in a house they designed and built, perched on a gentle hillside overlooking 33 acres of land in Indian Creek Meadows north and east of Wellington, since the end of June. Already, there’s a flock of chickens out back happily squawking and hunting for tidbits around their mobile chicken coop. “The wheels make it convenient to move to a new patch of ground,” Josh explains.
Caring for the chickens has become Henry’s task. Every morning he feeds and waters the chickens and makes sure they are safe before he heads off to meet the bus that takes him to Eyestone Elementary School, where he is a fifth grader. “Henry loves
animals, and he loves this place. There’s been an amazing change in him since we’ve lived here,” his dad says.
Every school day, Erica heads south to Lesher Middle School in Fort Collins, where she teaches history. Five times a month, Josh commutes to Denver for a 48-hour shift as a firefighter. The rest of the time, he’s well on his way to becoming a self-sufficient farmer, irrigation engineer, cattle rancher and all-around fix-it person. He admits that if he didn’t have a job that…
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