So you look at pictures of the amazing vegetable gardens on the internet, you hear the stories of the backyard chicken owners and the amazing eggs they are getting. You have been reading about how the food we are eating today is seriously lacking in nutritional value and the dangerous chemicals that are being sprayed on them. You watch the news and can’t help but wonder how disaster may come into your life, will it be economic? Will I be able to buy food? Will I even have a job? You see all this and it leads you to one major revelation: I Wanna Be A Homesteader! I want to be more self sufficient, more sustainable by my skills, my land and my efforts. How do I begin my homesteading journey?
For many the first thought they have is “I need to get a house on a few acres, with a woods and a river” and while this is a great goal to have I want you to be aware that homesteading needs to begin where your at no matter where that is. You might say “I only have a small back yard in the middle of town” or maybe “I live in an apartment with no yard,” That’s ok, you can start wherever your at.
Step 1. Grow a garden –
“Aren’t you listening, I don’t have a backyard!” I hear you, but do you have a window or a patio or a corner to set a container and place a light over it? Plant something you like to eat. A salad garden, some lettuce, spinach, kale, maybe some cherry tomatoes. Perhaps you could plant a small herb garden in a window seal. This is an important step because it will create in you a desire to do more and more and you will be surprised to find how much you will begin to grow in a limited space.
Step 2. Learn How and Begin To Preserve Food –
Save up to buy the necessary equipment like a Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker to can and take advantage of the many resources out there to learn how. Learn to blanch and freeze vegetables. Purchase dehydrating equipment and learn to dehydrate your foods. Learn to ferment, this seems to be a forgotten food preservation skill by many but it is a great way to do it. If you are not growing enough food to worry about preserving it that’s ok, you can take advantage of locally grown organic foods at farmers markets.
Step 3. Start Composting –
You might say “wait a minute doesn’t that smell bad, I have neighbors,” Composting doesn’t have to smell. My favorite way to do this in tight quarters is by vermicomposting, don’t let the big word scare you, this is composting using red worms. You can set up a Rubbermaid tote in a basement with a couple pounds of worms in it and you might be amazed at how many scraps and paper they can turn into gold for your garden.
These are just some beginning steps on how to kick off your homesteading journey but if you do them you no longer need to talk about becoming a homesteader, You Will Be A Homesteader and more self sufficient than you were before you started.