Finding your “normal” life a bit hectic? Getting tired of the 9 to 5? Thinking that maybe raising your kids in an old fashioned lifestyle might be better for them…and you?
Maybe you are where I find myself. I am an accidental homesteader/farmsteader. I moved out of Atlanta, Georgia, to my little acreage and a dumpy, fixer-upper house (actually a tearer-downer that I thought I could rebuild, but that’s another story) to just get out of the city and away from traffic…not to “get back to my roots”.
I’m not going to get political here (the blog section “Politics-The Dungeon” does that), but more and more I think a LOT of people are going to find themselves doing what I did because they have to, not because they want to.
First, I suppose we ought to decide just what homesteading is so we are talking about the same thing.
What it is NOT though, is “gentleman farming” or gentleman ranching”, and I don’t know any homesteaders/farmsteaders who will say they have a “farmette” or “ranchette”. Rightly or wrongly, those terms say, to me at least, HOBBY…and homesteading/farmsteading is a lifestyle, not a hobby that you can decide daily to do or not do depending on the weather, if you are tired, or if your moon isn’t aligned right.
Right here I’m going to let you know…this is the last time this post you will see “homestead/farmstead”. For me, and for this article, homesteading and farmsteading are the same thing so I’m just going to say homesteading from now on…but know that I mean both.
There…glad we got that out of the way…
Homesteading consists of a lot of details, but the three main themes to homesteading, at least for me, are frugality, simplicity, and sustainability.
There are other things involved in homesteading to one extent or another. Things like healthy eating, community involvement (Yes, community involvement. Your community is going to affect you…you need to affect HOW it affects you or you won’t like the results.), helping neighbors, making a living homestead style (if you take it that far), living soft on the land, taking care of yourself and your family spiritually, and a plethora of other considerations…but it always comes back to the main three…frugality, simplicity, and sustainability.
The “Green Acres” section of JuicyMaters.com is going to be about the “jobs” involved in homesteading…for me. Your homestead life may be totally different, but at least here you can get some ideas, I hope.
“Green Acres” will have sections on livestock, housing styles (traditional and alternative), gardening for fun and profit, land stewardship, and community. As with everything you read here, take what you can use and leave the rest.
Editor’s note: This section of JuicyMaters.com, like the rest of the blog, is supposed to be a discussion, not a lecture. I don’t know everything about homesteading, or even any one part of it. Please use the comment section at the bottom of this, and every other, post to make a comment or ask a question about the post’s topic. Someone will have an answer, I’m sure.