So how am I going to take this huge idea called homesteading and make it my own?
I have a 4 acre lot to work with, but with a house and large front yard it’s really about 1 1/2 acres of useable land for homesteading. So on our 1 1/2 acres of land, how do I make the most out of this space?
We use part of the space for an orchard. We have 12 fruit trees now and we plan to plant 3 more this spring. We planted these trees 3 years ago, so that are only just starting to bare fruit. I have a dream that one day we will have so much fruit from these trees that we will invite others to come and pick some to take home as well.
Our chicken coop takes some of the space in the backyard. Around the coop is a fence that protects the chickens from predators (hopefully). It also keeps them contained when they aren’t free ranging.
The rabbits live in a rabbit hutch with 5 cages. They have a place near the fence and close to the house, so they don’t take much room.
So most of the backyard will be filled with the garden (and possibly a pond area). That is where the big changes and improvements will be made.
So for now, homesteading our way means:
Raising chickens, rabbits and adding bees soon.
Growing fruit in the orchard.
Growing veggies in the garden.
Preserving the harvest by canning and other methods.
Teaching our children how to work hard in all of these areas.
Continuing to learn other skills that will be useful to our family and the homestead.
Homesteading my way means following the old saying:
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!”
To me this means that we are going to try to homestead frugally and resourcefully. We aren’t just going to go to the store every time we need something. We are going to recycle things around the house to use in new ways. We are going to use more of the animal when we slaughter it. We are going to try not to let things or food go to waste. We are going to prepare for a “rainy day” in food storage and monetary savings. We are going to do without some luxuries so that we can provide more valuable lessons for our children.
We are going to cultivate the good life on our homestead. That is the goal! I hope we can help you accomplish your goals in your homesteading journey as well. As we learn and make mistakes along the way, we plan on sharing so that all can learn!
How do you define homesteading? Please leave us a comment and let us know. Thanks!
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