“Homesteading is something I feel I need to do. It’s the only way to ensure that my family is eating the freshest foods possible without breaking the bank.” – Amanda
Amanda lives on two acres in Ontario, Canada with her husband, their three dogs, a small flock of Barred Plymouth Rocks and a small colony of New Zealand rabbits. She is the author of Picky to Plenty, a blog about growing, raising and cooking food.
Amanda’s Homesteading Journey
It all started with the unplugging of the television. I came home after another stressful day at work, sat on the couch and grabbed for the remote. “Click”. Nothing. “I unplugged it,” my husband answered to the confused look on my face.
That one small act began a journey towards self sufficiency. We are nowhere near there yet, but we have made a few strides in the two short years since the plug came out of the wall.
I homestead out of necessity. I want to live a life free of harmful chemicals, scary pesticides and genetically modified foods. If you too are on a mission to live a cleaner life, you know how expensive it can be to buy the organic apple versus the pesticide-covered conventional apple. It’s sometimes hard to make the right choice in that situation, which is why we decided to grow and raise as much of our own food as we could.
We got a box full of day-old Barred Plymouth Rock chicks from a friend and officially became farmers last June. In December, we butchered all but one of the roosters out of the flock, putting seven in the freezer for future meals. The hens are now giving us fresh eggs each morning, which taste better than any egg I’ve ever eaten — because I know exactly what is inside the shell: organic, free-range eggs from happy hens. We inherited a rabbit we named Thumper, a lop and lionhead cross, added two New Zealand white sisters and ended up with six baby bunnies. Two went to a friend and the others are still here. We plan to butcher the next litter for food (both for us and our dogs who eat a raw diet), I just have to work up the nerve. I desperately want a goat. Not for meat, but for cheese. We also grow tons of veggies which we enjoy seasonally and preserve for later use.
We own two acres, but use only one. The other is dead from years and years of conventional farming which still continues. This isn’t our dream homestead. In fact, when we purchased this country property three years ago I would have thought you were crazy if you told me I would be raising free-range chickens and dreaming of owning a goat. I never imagined a lifestyle like this for myself, but now it’s all I can think about.
My dream is to homestead full-time. To share the bounty of our organic gardens and livestock and to write about my journey on my blog. Writing is more than a hobby for me, it’s my livelihood. I am a reporter and photographer for the local newspaper and a regular contributor to a number of magazines. My dream is to combine my two passions and create a sustainable life on our dream homestead.
There is so much I want to do: raise goats; learn to make cheese; learn to make soap; master bread making; grow fruit trees; make my own spices. The list goes on and on and on. You can follow along as I get deeper into the homesteading lifestyle at PickyToPlenty.com