Our family income has always been on the lower end, and I have always been a thrifty, do it myself to save a dime kind of woman. I cook and bake from scratch, I grow our vegetables, raise chickens, dig and mix my own soil, I dabble in vermaculture, and basically, I try to utilize every free and cheap resource available while my other half works a fulltime job and collects free resources available at his job that would otherwise get dumped in the trash. I went to college for Agriculture-Animal Science, and he is a carpenter, jack of all trades kind of guy. Any other skill sets we have picked up along the way is purely self taught, tried and true, trial and error based!
My ultimate goal is to build a homestead where we can work for our life and resources rather than dumping all the money and time from fulltime employment out to large corporations to have what we need. Homesteading does not come easy though, nor does it come cheap. In the society we live in today, its difficult to make it happen, but it is completely possible, and we are on our way towards it.
Homesteading requires learning many new skills in order to be
To me, homesteading is freedom. Now don't think for one second that freedom means easy. Homesteading requires you to work around the clock sometimes to provide your living. It can be back breaking labor, especially when you are beginning with few or no tools for what you need to accomplish. The freedom I speak of is freedom from an outside source of income, and freedom from the need to have all the newest, coolest products that comercialize the holidays. Freedom is that satisfaction in knowing if the economy failed tomorrow, we would make it like many wont be able to do because we are already using what we have and not what society offers. Freedom is self sufficiency!
Going off the grid is extremely appealing to me as well. I don't feel that paying corporations to supply us with power and water is fair. Its a human necessity in this society and should be equally distributed. You may call me a rebel, and I would agree. I am more of an anti-government person myself, and any way I can benefit by going against the grain is one step closer to that freedom I speak of.
My hopes are that as we grow, we can offer our experiences as a starting point for wannabees like me! Please feel free and encouraged to comment with questions or suggestions as you see fit. Please be respectful to all though.
With all that said, I have a food blog that I share recipes on that I had abandoned for a while because lifes changes into a new life were tough, and took me away for a bit. You can find it at the link below if you are interested. I will be adding a whole new tone there shortly! I am sharing my experiences to help others in the same mindset with their new beginning, and I am also building my income base to contribute. Finding ways to generate extra income for homesteaders and wannabees alike is one of the more important facts about it all. EVERY RESOURCE IS PRECIOUS! Our growing experiences are no different!