There’s definitely a movement going on right now in regards to Homesteading. More families are wanting to take control of knowing where their food comes from. Certain grocery items are not in stock at the store and I’ve noticed some online items are sold out.
Homesteading is not just about raising your own food. It’s about Simple Living and being Self-Sufficient in many areas of your life. You can homestead no matter where you live. Yes, you can.
I’m collaborating with a few of my other homesteading friends and I’ll be sharing them later at the end of this post. I hope you’ll check them out. I feel like we all have something we can share that may be beneficial to us.
Do You Need Property To Homestead?
The answer is no. Homesteading can happen in a neighborhood or even an apartment. It’s a way of life. You may not be able to raise farm animals or have a huge garden, but you can still be self-reliant. First, grow vegetables on your patio. You just need a sunny spot.
Second, you can make your own tinctures or ointments to be used for burns or cuts. Also, you can buy items in bulk and make your own oils and teas. Homesteading is also about living simply and cooking from scratch.
Most people aren’t aware, but you can also rent parcels from land owners. Look near your town for vacant land and contact the owner to see if they would be willing to lease a parcel or whatever size space you are needing. Most people are kind and willing to help others.
Why I Enjoy Homesteading
My husband and I purchased our 11 acres and started building our new home in 2017. We had lived in a neighborhood on 1 1/2 acres and had built that home and pretty much raised our kids there. Even though I didn’t have a lot of land, I still enjoyed homesteading and did what I could with what I had.
We had a small garden, chickens and we raised a pig several years for our family while we lived there. I also started canning in my kitchen and this is when I began making all of my salves and butters for skin issues.
This is also the house that I started my love of grinding my own flour and making all kinds of yummy and nutritious whole wheat breads.
See, you don’t need a lot of land to homestead. I probably used 1/4 of an acre to do all that I did. Years later, we wanted to expand our land size and add beef cows to our family. We weren’t able to raise cows in our neighborhood so we had no choice but to sell our home. That’s what started our move to the 11 acres we currently have. We just finished building our new “old” farmhouse last year and you can read all about our journey HERE.
For me, it’s all about providing food from scratch, growing what vegetables and fruits that I can, raising our own meat and just being more self-sufficient. I love knowing where everything comes from. It is satisfying to me. I enjoy getting back to my roots in this modern world and doing more for myself, like our ancestors did.
Join a Community
There’s a ton of support groups on Facebook for homesteading, which I am a member of a few of them. It’s good to have support from those who are more seasoned than we are. We can also bounce ideas off from one another.
Last October, I had the pleasure of going to the Homesteaders of America conference and boy, am I glad I did. I learned so much from my favorites that I’ve been following for years. Jill Winger from The Prairie Homestead, Melissa K. Norris, Sally Fallon Morell, (who taught me all about why bone broth is so important for us), were all there. I met many others just like you and I who want to take our health, freedom and our food into our own hands.
You can join their membership like I did, and have access to all of the lectures from the conference. You’ll also receive worksheets/printouts, discount codes from vendors, a private Facebook group and so much more. We are a community and one that I’m proud to be a part of. Click HERE for more information on membership.
Keep Your Homestead Organized
No matter how big or small your homestead is, it can get out of hand really quickly. Trust me haha, I’ve wanted to pull my hair out years ago when I first started. Trying to keep track of what did well in the garden or how many of chickens weren’t laying or how much feed I was spending to raise our pigs. I had a notebook but it just wasn’t cutting it.
I created these garden sheets to help my fellow gardeners. Additionally, I wanted something that was going to help us really keep track of what was doing well and what wasn’t. You can grab yours HERE.
If you want to go even deeper at keeping yourself organized, then I highly recommend the planner from Homesteaders of America. You can grab that one HERE. They are 15% off right now.
Here are some of my favorite places where I love to shop.
Vegetable Seeds (Non-gmo/organic)
Instant Pot (perfect for making bone broth)
From Scratch Recipes
Follow My Other Homesteading Friends
It seemed like an unattainable dream to start a homestead of their own but through lots of hard work, prayer, and testing, Sadie and her family have created a homestead of their own on a 40 acre piece of land in rural Wisconsin.
Barbra-Sue @Kowalski Mountain
It’s easy to get caught up in our to-do list and get bogged down in how far we still have to go to reach a goal. Instead, we’re celebrating how far we’ve come! Join us as we reflect on our accomplishments since we purchased our homestead in 2016. We share with you the nitty gritty details of what we were looking for in a property and give some insight on where we are going.
This past year was our first year on our 5-acre homestead and we dove deep into growing enough food to feed our family all year. We came a long way, supplying 80-90% of our own food with a basement full of storage crops, freezers full of meat and frozen fruit, and plenty of dried and canned produce foraged or from the garden to last us through the winter. In this post we pull back the veil sharing the how’s, why’s, and what’s next.