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.
Do you think it's impossible to homestead where you live? These Inspiring Homesteads will show you the way. Each week we feature a new homesteader from across the globe. They will tell you how they do it. Get inspired with these Inspiring Homesteads.
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.
My husband and I joined a CSA before they were the “cool” thing to do. I learned how to cook and bake. We had a small garden in the city. We knew we wanted to raise our kids in an environment where they would grow to appreciate their food and the work that goes into good, wholesome nutrition.
My two children, ages 4 and 7, my husband and I live in rural Northeast Missouri, where we are building an off-grid homestead from scratch on 10 acres. 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.
I was born into a farming family. My maternal grandfather was a Cherokee/Apache American Indian. My maternal grandmother was 3/4 Blackfeet American Indian. My paternal grandparents were of Scottish Celtic descent. I say that to say, “Farmsteading is in my blood.” My maternal grandparents were a huge part of my life. They taught me the ways of farming that they learned from their parents.
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.
Today’s inspiring homestead comes from Jen, author of The Easy Homestead. Jen and her husband live on 15 acres in South Carolina with their three children. The loss of a loved one and encouragement from an oncologist encouraged Jen to take a good look at the foods she was putting in her body.
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?
Andrea is a single mom who has had many opportunities to give up on her dream. She’s not going to let that happen though. She is determined to do well by her sons, regardless of the obstacles. Read all about Andrea’s journey…
When Christine says that she’s a “homesteader”, she means something a little different than a lot of people would expect. Christine lives in the city, so she doesn’t have very much space. She doesn’t have animals (yet) and she doesn’t grow much food. What she does is take care of the Earth the best way she can. She’s found the rhythm of the seasons and tries to dance with it.
“Homesteading means creating a warm and peaceful haven for me and my family, trying to live off the land and become as self sufficient as possible.” -Valerie
Amber has managed to do amazing things with her rental property in N.C. She has the mindset of a homesteader and lofty goals for her future. From potted plants, home cooked meals and foraging, find out how Amber does it.
“Homesteading to me means providing for my family instead of relying on mass distribution – be it the foods we eat or the products we use.” -Jessica