So you’re interested in homesteading.
I would guess you already have some of the skills you need (though you may not know it). Have you ever pulled a weed? Can you follow a recipe? Have you used a hammer or fixed a light switch? Can you read a book and follow directions?
Great! You are on your way. 🙂
What is Homesteading?
In its simplest form “homesteading” is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, making choices and learning skills that will help you take care of the needs of your household.
The journey can start anywhere (even an apartment), but the idea is to pick a few things to learn and practice and then add other skills as you go along.
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Starting out might look like growing tomatoes on your patio, raising a few rabbits, using a solar panel for power in your garage, or buying land where you can do all of the above and more. It’s a very individual thing, though we can certainly learn from each other.
It’s a Journey
I’m a big proponent of baby steps and planning. There are so many fun skills to learn and it’s easy to get overwhelmed if you try to do it all at once. Planning well means you don’t forget any of your great ideas, you just get to spread them out a bit more wisely.
I also encourage folks to see both success and failure as their friends. They will teach you what works and what doesn’t. (You will hear about both on the pages of this site.)
It’s an Amazing Lifestyle
For me, homesteading fills a number of wants and needs. It’s primarily a way of staying connected with my family. I live on 10 acres with extended family and a few friends. It’s certainly an adventure. 🙂
Here are some other reasons …
I can create a slower-paced life and be more present.
I know where my food comes from.
Home-cooked meals are yummy!
I’m surrounded by nature (lots of blue and green.)
I’m less stressed.
All the work around the place keeps me fit.
I love playing in the dirt.
I’m doing my small part to take care of our beautiful world.
There’s a satisfaction in learning new skills.
It’s lovely to be able to pass on the knowledge of those skills.
There’s a bit of security in knowing I have my basic needs covered.
I’m blessed by all the people who have shared their wisdom and experience with me over the years and I hope to pass a little of it along to others through the information and links on the various pages on this site.
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kits © Lori / Dandelion Hill Homestead
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