A few years ago I decided to surround my property with a ranch style fence. I searched around for a simple design I liked and settled on this and have been really happy with the way it turned out.
As many of you are doubtlessly aware, homesteading requires creativity and ingenuity. Many folks live sustainably on a small acreage of land. My husband and I find that as the weather warms, our time outdoors increases. Here, on our small homestead nestled in the mountains of Vermont, we have discovered opportunities to expand our living spaces by creating private areas outdoors as well as creatively using outbuildings. .
Someone recently asked me to write an article answering the question “Homesteading is important to me because…” This was easy for me to answer because I believe I’m still walking this earth today because of homesteading. Here’s my story.
Homesteading Is hard work! I’m writing this right now at night because I’m tired and am quite often tired at the end of the day.
So why do it? Is it worth it? These are the questions I often ponder and constantly make me consider why I’m doing this.
Books have always played a big part in my life and while video’s, podcasts and blog posts are useful, the book will always be my favorite resource. Here is a small list of my favorite homesteading books.
Most of us know that today’s conventional lawns are generally unsustainable. Grass not only requires large amounts of water and mowing, but it also provides very little to the native ecosystem. Below are some tips on turning your landscaping into a sustainable wildlife garden that benefits your local flora and fauna.
The homesteading movement is taking root across America. For some it has meant selling their suburban home and moving to the outskirts of town, while for others it means looking for ways to bring the “farm life” to wherever they are because their circumstances make living anywhere but the city impractical.
On today’s podcast episode I discuss the many uses of having comfrey on the homestead and why EVERY homesteader should be growing it, what variety to grow and where to get it.
Guest Post: I will start out by saying I tend to learn things the hard way. It is not that I am unwilling to take advice from others but I tend to jump into things and then ask questions later. Sometimes it is a fun learning experience and occasionally it is a what was I thinking experience. When it is one of those moments I could kick myself in the butt for, I try not to dwell on it and find something small I can accomplish and feel good about.
Guest Post: Given the situation I was in, I decided it was time to finally pursue the dream I had as a teenager. It may not be in Alaska but I found a 40 acre lot I could afford and start my homestead. The only thing I had was my truck, a large tent, some tools, and a small generator. Starting from the first day I arrived, I knew this was going to be a challenge.