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?
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We bought our current property a little over three years ago and knew we wanted to do a little more than just gardening. We also wanted some fruit trees and keep chickens and bees. I guess we could be called the lazy homesteaders because we have no desire to have any other livestock. And that is okay.
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.
Any urban homesteader will tell you that the moment they get an animal that produces something for the homestead, they feel like they’ve achieved the dream. For us, it was the yard birds that made it happen. Not only do we feed these partially free-range girls a 100% organic diet on a budget, but they supply us AND several neighbors with eggs.
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.
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.