My wife and I started this homesteading adventure over 25 years ago. In that time we learned a few things, mostly how not to farm or homestead or build things or I could go on. In infinite detail. I will spare you the tedium. However, the great bulk of knowledge acquired is mostly positive. I am what I consider a successful homesteader. By my standards, I am. You most likely have different standards from me, so let’s stick with mine.
The metrics I use to determine my success are quite simple and few. I work on the homestead full-time, which means 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year after year after year. You get the point. Being a homesteader, and I have to qualify this statement, with livestock, means you must be on point always.
But I digress. Success criterion number one is I do not work for someone else. I used to, but not anymore. More on that in subsequent postings. Success criterion number two is I grow most of my food. Meat, vegetables, fruit, herbs, etc. There are a few staples I can not grow or harvest from my homestead and some few items I am not currently raising or growing or processing.
Stop and think about these two stated criteria and think about what you really need to survive on planet Earth. Shelter, my homestead wouldn’t be much of one without a home, and sustenance, i.e. food. Why do people go to jobs they dislike? To get money to buy food and shelter. Once you are able to depend on a stable home and daily food supply you can begin to think about and accomplish other goals that are more life enriching. But without those two essentials there can be no Mona Lisa or Corvette or smart phone.
Homesteading is more than a way of life or even a vocation. It is a state of mind. A life long journey one takes with Nature as a companion. The trip is mostly pleasant, oft-times difficult and can be down right frustrating. Sometimes you and Nature quarrel or can’t quite agree on the best route or side road to take. But even though there are bumps or obstacles you find this homesteading thing of ours a pleasant and worthwhile way to live. I couldn’t imagine another way even if I had unlimited choices.
So after very much thought and deep consideration it was decided that it was time to share our adventures. To provide some do and don’ts and best and worst practices. To share our philosophy and insights and maybe a laugh. To offer coaching, help solve problems, make recommendations or just provide moral support.
This endeavor is dedicated to those who want to begin homesteading, are new to it or have been in the trenches for many years. To my fellow homesteaders I want to ensure you that you are not alone. There are others out there who share and understand the trials and tribulations and the joys and rewards of living close to nature in a world where most only encounter it through a digitized window.