Starting from Scratch: Teri’s Homesteading Journey

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Starting from Scratch

“Homesteading to me is a mind-set and a skill set. Developing homesteading skills does take time and effort.  But more importantly, it’s important to develop a can-do attitude and to cultivate relationships that foster interdependence, even when we’re striving for self-sufficiency.”  -Teri

Teri lives on 10 acres in Missouri with her family of four. She is the writer of Homestead Honey and today she is sharing her homesteading journey with us.

Homesteader Profile: Teri lives on 10 acres in Missouri with her family of four. She is the writer of Homestead Honey and today she is sharing her homesteading journey with us. She is also author of Creating Your Off-Grid Homestead. If you are interested in going off-grid, I highly recommend this book.

Teri’s Homesteading Journey 

Hello, and thank you to Jess for inviting me to share my homestead. My two children, ages 5 and 8, my husband and I live in rural Northeast Missouri, where we are building an off-grid homestead from scratch on 10 acres.

Teri lives on 10 acres in Missouri with her family of four. She is the writer of Homestead Honey and today she is sharing her homesteading journey with us.

Our homesteading journey began in Oregon in 1999. After several months of living and working at a sustainability education center, my husband and I were eager to get started on our own homestead. For 13 years, we rented the most wonderful creek side house on 30 acres and slowly built a livelihood that included chickens, ducks, dairy goats, pigs, bees, gardens, and fruit trees. We learned SO much through sheer trial and error!

The call to steward our own piece of land was great, and in late 2011, we moved to Missouri to join two other families on a newly forming community land trust. We each own 10 acres, and we co-own another 30 acres of forest, pasture and pond.

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Teri lives on 10 acres in Missouri with her family of four. She is the writer of Homestead Honey and today she is sharing her homesteading journey with us.

We started with absolutely no infrastructure, camped on the land when we first arrived, and lived without electricity for over a year as my husband built a 350 square foot tiny house and several outbuildings. I feel so grateful that my husband is a skilled builder, and that we spent 14 years “practicing” skills before finally having homestead of our own.

We currently have two gardens, totaling around 1500 square feet, and we’ve planted upwards of 125 fruit trees and native edibles. We have a small flock of ducks and laying hens, two Jersey milk cows, and a few pigs and lambs for meat.

Teri lives on 10 acres in Missouri with her family of four. She is the writer of Homestead Honey and today she is sharing her homesteading journey with us.

We recently installed a solar electric (photovoltaic) system to power lights and a chest freezer, but we still make do without running water or an indoor bathroom! Moving to a raw piece of land and starting a new homestead from scratch has been the biggest adventure and challenge of my life.

Teri lives on 10 acres in Missouri with her family of four. She is the writer of Homestead Honey and today she is sharing her homesteading journey with us.

Teri’s Advice for Farmsteaders

You can do a lot of homesteading on very little land – in fact, the bulk of our homestead – the gardens, orchards, chicken coops, cow and sheep pasture – all sits on just over 4 acres. The rest of our land is forested, which provides us with shade, firewood, tappable trees for making syrup, mushroom and berry foraging, and raw material for building. If you opt for a homestead that is over 5 acres, think about whether or not you will be able to maintain that acreage. It is a lot easier to manage a forest than cultivated land.
 
That said, I love having the freedom to roam over our acres, and hiking, swimming, skating, and skiing on our land with my family.

Teri lives on 10 acres in Missouri with her family of four. She is the writer of Homestead Honey and today she is sharing her homesteading journey with us.

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About Jessica Lane

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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Starting from Scratch: Teri’s Homesteading Journey — 3 Comments

  1. I was so pleased to see Teri’s story here as I am a follower of her blog. I love reading about people following their passion and heading out to do the uncommon.

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