Inspired to Learn: Jenny’s Homesteading Journey

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Inspired to Learn

“Homesteading to me is a lifestyle of doing things for yourself.”  – Jenny

Homesteader Profile: Jenny, her husband, and their children live on just shy of 1/2 acre on a suburban lot in upstate New York.

Jenny lives on just shy of 1/2 acre on a suburban lot in upstate New York. She is the author of Hudman Honey Farm, a blog about her suburban homestead adventures.

Jenny’s Homesteading Journey

My grandparents on both sides of my family inspired so much of my reason to start homesteading.  I grew up eating homemade canned goods from my grandparents’ gardens. My grandfather is also a bee keeper so I never knew the taste of store bought honey until I was an adult (from a friend’s house!).

I continued these traditions with my own family as it helped us stretch our budget and I preferred to make it myself.

I started gardening and had no idea what I was doing. Once my kids were in school full time, the opportunity to go back to school presented itself and I said the only thing I would pay for was to learn how to garden. So that’s exactly what I did. Getting a degree in plant science gave me the basis of homesteading skills to build upon.

Jenny lives on just shy of 1/2 acre on a suburban lot in upstate New York. She is the author of Hudman Honey Farm, a blog about her suburban homestead adventures.

From there, I decided to learn a new homesteading skill every year. In the past few years, I have taught myself to knit, I took a class to learn how to make cheese, became a Master Composter, joined a group of friends to study medicinal herbs, took a soap making class. 

Just this year, I learned how to bake my own breads. I love to be able to say I made it myself and have tried to make so many things, especially for gifts. I’m fortunate that my husband is skilled with machinery, hunting, and loves to cook. If I come up with a plan, he helps me build it.

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Our goal is to eventually move out of the suburbs and into the woods where he can hunt in our backyard and I can have all the bees and chickens I want (we don’t live in a zone that allows us to do that now).

My dream is to live off the land with no money and no clocks. For now, my husband and I have agreed to stay where we are until our kids graduate school.

Jenny lives on just shy of 1/2 acre on a suburban lot in upstate New York. She is the author of Hudman Honey Farm, a blog about her suburban homestead adventures.

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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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