“To me, homesteading is about being more of a producer than a consumer at every level possible. Over time my mentality has really shifted to a point where I want to simplify everything. While homesteading might not seem simple to a lot of people, in a way it is so much simpler than fully participating in the consumer-driven, busy-ness glorifying society we live in. I guess right now I could say that, to me, homesteading means stepping away from all of that and seeking deeper relationships with the people around me and the earth.” -Erin
Homesteader Profile: Erin is a wife, mother, and stay-at-home mom. She lives with her family on five acres in Wisconsin.
Erin’s Homesteading Story
Erin is a stay-at-home mom to a not-quite-two-and-a-half-year-
Right now Erin is living on 5 acres that she’s sharing with her inlaws. In addition to an ever growing and morphing garden, she has a few surprise plum trees that no one knew existed until last year. Her mother-in-law happened to notice that some of the trees by their woods had plums on them. Who knows how long they have been producing, but it was a pleasant surprise!
Right now they have four Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats – a buck and three does who will all give birth any day. They also have seven egg laying hens and about 25 baby chicks that will eventually be layers, as well. There are lots of plans in the works for more livestock in the future, so this is just a start.
The main change Erin and her family has made in the home has been dietary. They went from eating a “standard American diet” to following something that fits more along the guidelines of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Her family has some food restrictions to deal with, too, so it was a big adjustment initially.