Ditching suburbia – one girls guide to homesteading
Previously in history homesteading wasn’t a choice. A family farm was simply a way of life for the majority of people. With the fast paced hustle and bustle of life today, people are increasingly heading towards a more sustainable simplified way of existing. The fast paced rat race can be exhausting. Not to mention the satisfaction from being able to sustain your family.
We found ourselves ditching suburbia with two toddlers in tow a year and a half ago. Now raising our children on our own little homestead. Teaching our children so many valuable lessons along the way.
Living more simply has opened my eyes to so much. I feel as if this is the type of living we should have been doing all along. I wish we had began sooner, but I’m here to share some tips and tricks to help you get started on your homesteading journey.
First let’s chat about some of the benefits associated with homesteading:
- Less Stress
- Pride in Provision
- Sense of security
- Family Bond
- Better physical and mental health
- Learning new skills
Homesteading isn’t necessarily easy, but it is simple and straightforward. There is much to be learned from running your own homestead.
I will admit, I’ve always been an animal, nature lover so ditching suburbia was a welcomed retreat for me. Before moving to our home I had zero experience with farm animals, minimal experience with gardening, and previously ignorant about the waste consumed by my family.
But that isn’t to say inexperience would make for a challenging time. In fact the more we add to our homestead the more experience and knowledge we gain.
So first things first.
Finding your homestead is the first line in order. We did some research and fell in love with a small little town in Nevada. We purchased a home on an acre and a half and have been building and maintaing our homestead since 2017. A year and a half in and we aren’t even close to being done, but we’ve made substantial progress in our personal sustainability with minimal cost.
I’ve come to love the quiet, slow paced feel of our new little town even if they are stuck in the 90’s.
Now let’s dive in:
- Start small – you cannot build a homestead overnight it takes time and patience. We chose to start with chickens. They are simple, require minimal investment, and provide our family with fresh eggs. It’s best to start small see how you adapt to homesteading before diving all in. Except some failures along the way as well as some successes.
- Set realistic expectations– Set aside your pressure and desire to build your homestead overnight. It takes time odds are your homestead won’t look like anything from a magazine right now it takes time and money to set up a homestead. Go on Pinterest, check homesteading magazines and blogs to obtain ideas. All of our animals houses cost less than $20. We used repurposed barnwood to create a safe home for each of our animals. There are simple and inexpensive way to start a homestead make sure to do your research.
- Organize your projects – Before you start on your homesteading projects take the time to organize according to your resources and budget. Start with the basics to homesteading with the end result being self sufficiency. We started with chickens, then a garden, then goats, cows, and our latest project was our greenhouse to provide us with sustainability all year round. By setting goals, and organizing projects it gives you the ability to save and research the most cost effective way to begin each homesteading project.
- Connect with other homesteaders locally- Communicating with other homesteaders in your area can actually provide you with a lot of information. When we first moved in we didn’t know much about our well and how it operated after all we had always been on city water. A friendly neighbor provided us an entire packet on the wells in our area and how to care for it. It’s also nice to share ideas and learn from like minded homesteaders.
- Enjoy – Sounds too simple, but it is easy to get caught up tending to a homestead. Projects take time, resources, and energy. Remember to allow yourself at least once a week with no work just enjoying your new homestead. After all it is supposed to lead to a more simple, fulfilling lifestyle.
Seems simple and it truly is.
It is truly satisfying to eat fresh eggs from your own chickens. Rather than guessing and hoping the organic eggs you purchased are in fact organic.
Eating freshly grown food straight from the garden is rewarding and teaches young children the responsibility of making good food choices.
The benefits are endless. The time spent learning as a family is valuable.
Hope to hear your homesteading journeys.