Erin’s Story: Discovering healthy eating.

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"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

Discovering Healthy Eating

 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

Erin
Wife; Mother; SAHM
Blog Author of Natural Wonderer
Lives on 5 acres in Wisconsin
Gardening Zone 4


  Erin’s Story

Erin is a stay-at-home mom to a not-quite-two-and-a-half-year-old, named Sawyer.  Her husband, Casey, is a teacher and a hopeful farmer.  She’s a really curious person by nature and she loves reading about nutrition, alternative health, and permaculture design in addition to constantly researching how to do things on her homestead.  Her husband has been on the path to homesteader much longer than she has.  Her husband’s research and commitment and her son’s health problems were the main catalyst for her homesteading debut.  Sawyer wasn’t deathly ill or anything, but he was born with a lot of digestive troubles and food allergies that made them seek out a diet that would help to heal his small body.  In doing that, Erin realized that she could produce the high quality food she was seeking as easily as anyone else could.

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!

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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.

Make sure you swing by Natural Wonderer and follow Erin’s journey and learn lots of fascinating things about dietary choices and food allergies.

"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

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I am a non-traditional homesteader. What is a non-traditional homesteader? I'd like to think we are the people who don't fit the mold. I am a busy mom on a small bit of property with not a lot of financial resources, but I am figuring out how to live the life I want. A homesteader's life.

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I am a non-traditional homesteader. What is a non-traditional homesteader? I'd like to think we are the people who don't fit the mold. I am a busy mom on a small bit of property with not a lot of financial resources, but I am figuring out how to live the life I want. A homesteader's life.

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