“Homesteading to me means I am living a real and honest life that leaves me sore In the evening and grateful in the morning, taking joy in passing on lost and forgotten knowledge to my children so I can send them into the world with a hard work ethic and the skills to provide for themselves in more meaningful ways than simply earning a paycheck. Nothing is more important to me than these things.” -April
April lives a homesteading life on 10 acres in northeastern Oregon. She is the author of Cold Creek Homestead and today she is going to share her homesteading story with us.
April’s Homesteading Story
I grew up spending a huge portion of my childhood on one of NE Oregon’s largest free range cattle ranch and I just knew this was how I needed to live it was the only place I felt real if that makes sense. As I got older more and more of society seemed fake, everything from the food we eat to the basic conversations we have… I couldn’t take it anymore even though I never lived in a big city I had to get out onto wild land, like the ranch I grew up on!
At our first little homestead in a small town I realized I didn’t like to limit my gardening to one “x” by “x” area because I could grow food everywhere! I then jumped head on into the awesome concept of permaculture we now own a good chunk of land that is ALL being put into production! We will be planting fifty fruit trees this coming spring.
Our homestead houses kinder goats, kune kune pigs, angora rabbits, splash jersey giant chickens, and cayuga ducks. We sell excess stock to local buyers and hatching eggs all over the country, we sell mostly via Facebook farming groups, local craigslist ads and local news papers and a buy/sell/trade AM radio show. The same goes for our excess produce, I sell the fiber from our angoras and garden seeds and drop spindles and yarn all on our etsy shop!
Well we live in a remote off grid setting now so we have made many changes. Most of our night time light is from oil lamps, we must filter the water out of our faucets as our spring box needs resealed, we only have eggs and milk if our hens are laying and if our goats are in milking season. I think our remote living leads to more of a pioneer life in the home than homesteading. I mean we heat our water for baths on the wood stove, we cook on the wood stove, we do laundry by hand we are up at dawn and in bed at dusk for the most part!
Make sure you follow April on her homesteading journey by visiting her at Cold Creek Homestead.