Is there anything in the world that’s quite the same mix of frustrating and rewarding as home improvement projects are? Perhaps raising children — definitely raising goats. In that respect, at least your house doesn’t put up a struggle at bedtime or jump the fence to get into the neighbor’s garden. However, when it comes to homestead improvements, you can… Read More
Here is more inspiration for your homesteading pleasure.
Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small-scale production of textiles, clothing, and craft work for the household use. Homesteading is not defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, but by the lifestyle choices they make.” —… Read More
Every now and then when someone hears me say I’m a homesteader, they’ll ask what that means. Did the government give us free land? Do we have indoor plumbing? Do we buy anything from a store? The short answers to those questions are no, yes, and yes. The Original Homesteaders Although homesteaders were originally people who took advantage of… Read More
This might sound a bit harsh, but my homestead is not a theme park, petting zoo, or quaint local tourist spot. It is my home. Although I encourage people to ask me questions and I’m happy to grant tours on my own terms, wandering around without consent is never okay. It just isn’t.
This wasn’t the first time this has happened. It’s happened quite a few times before. Let’s chat a bit about why this isn’t okay behavior…
Whether you are a backyard hobby homesteader or an avid homesteader on your journey to live off-grid, these are the articles you want to be reading. I searched high a low to compile the best of the best for you. Not sure if homesteading is right for you? Interested in DIY and MYO? Wanting real food recipes for real people? Considering getting livestock? This list compiles the absolute best homesteading articles of 2015.
We know that backyard chickens have been talked about all over the news lately (both favorably and negatively). Homesteading and self-sufficiency is on the rise and for so many great reasons. With this rise comes a great supply of reading materials dedicated to we non-traditional farmers that live in non-traditional places.
There are many great books out there, but I have a few that have become staples in my library.
(My husband’s Jeff Foxworthy voice): If you have indoor plumbing, but you make the males in your house pee outside in the compost, you might be a homesteader. If the chicken you’re eating for dinner has a name, you might be a homesteader. If you have a state-of-the-art dryer, but you insist on drying your clothes outside, you might be a homesteader. If you have longer conversations with your poultry than you do with your spouse, you might be a homesteader (he’s so jealous).
I was chatting with a few of my blogger friends. We were all frustrated and overwhelmed for a variety of homesteading reasons. One had goats go missing when her electric fence shorted. Another lost several of her crops to a freak hail storm. Another just felt like there wasn’t enough time in a day to get everything done. I can relate. Can you?
I’m not sure why, but we as a society have this need to put labels on ourselves and others. Sometimes these labels are innocent. They describe to others where we stand. They describe how we feel about others and what their mission is. I turned to Facebook to find out how people viewed homesteaders, preppers and survivalists. I’m sure these cliches won’t surprise you.
I hope I’ve been truly transparent about the struggles I’ve had on my journey. One struggle that comes to mind is my difficulty learning to make bread. My family was losing faith in my ability to learn this skill, and I was losing faith as well. Finally I figured it out and it was an amazing feeling. That amazing feeling is what makes trying worth it.
The modern homesteader is greatly misunderstood. Popular culture paints the picture of a backwards, back-woods, anti-social, stuck-in-the-1880’s personal. Some may believe that nobody even lives like that anymore. But just because we’re off the grid doesn’t mean we’re not with the times. Au contraire! my urban-minded friends. Homesteading is thriving and well connected in the 21st century – and is busy as ever preserving the simple life.
Whether you are a backyard hobby homesteader or an avid homesteader on your journey to live off-grid, these are the articles you want to be reading. I searched high a low to compile the best of the best for you. Why 37? Well, I just don’t know. Browse through the list and let me know which article of 2014 is your favorite.
Wow, my homesteading and blogging journey started just a year ago today. Both the blog and my simple-living skills have come so far. It’s crazy to think that It All Started With a Piece of Paper. The ultimate “a-ha!” moment. Why I felt the need to sit down and start blogging about it, I may never know, but I am so happy I did.
In the last 40 years, the average American house size has increased from 1,400 to 2,700 even though the average family size has decreased. Many people are starting to turn to tiny houses to lower their impact on the environment and soften the blow of home-ownership on their wallets. Do you think you could do it?