Homesteading is something that has intrigued me for quite a while now. What is homesteading? According to Wikipedia: “Broadly defined, homesteading is a lifestyle of simple self-sufficiency. As of 2010 the term may apply to anyone who follows the back-to-the-land-movement by adopting a sustainable, self-sufficient lifestyle. While land is no longer freely available in most areas of the world, homesteading remains as a way of life. According to author John Seymour, ‘urban homesteading’ incorporates small-scale, sustainable agriculture and homemaking.”
In our previous home I dreamed of having a small farm, being more self sufficient. My problem however was I married a city guy. I love him dearly but his extent of “farming” is mowing the lawn (which he doesn’t even have to do anymore since we have three teenage sons to do that chore). He wouldn’t have denied me doing it, but I would have been on my own.
I tend to under-rate my abilities, and am afraid of failure on many things so that will often prevent me from trying. Making my own raised beds was actually a challenge when I first did it – but once I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave it a try it was very easy (especially since LOWES will cut your wood to size for no extra charge). So homesteading remained a dream for me – until one day a wonderful lady came into my life.
This gal moved into our area a few years go. She and I hit it off right away and have become very good friends. She is not afraid of a challenge and has the husband who can create and fix almost anything. A couple years ago they purchased a modest home on about an acre of land, and have started a homestead. They have a wonderful garden, chickens galore for both eggs and meat, goats (expecting their first babies this spring), turkeys, rabbits and who knows what else they have added recently. She has made soap and cheese from the goat’s milk (both are wonderful by the way). She is my inspiration and cheerleader!
Their family are living their dream (and mine – lol) homesteading. So slowly I’m expanding from my little gardens. I glean much information from her (and the internet). Yesterday I came across this book that I decided to purchase: The Backyard Homestead (I got the Kindle version that I can read on my netbook so I wouldn’t have to wait a week to get it).
I have only just started to read it, but found this little blurb very interesting:
It’s difficult to say exactly how much food you’ll be able to produce from your backyard homestead, since so much depends on the kinds of vegetables, fruits, and animals you select, what the weather is like, how long your growing season is, and how intensively you’re planting. but to give you a general idea of just how much it’s possible to produce, given the quarter-acre layout on page 14, here are some ballpark numbers:
* 50 pounds of wheat
* 280 pounds of pork
* 120 cartons of eggs
* 100 pounds of honey
* 25 to 75 pounds of nuts
* 600 pounds of fruit
* 2000+ pounds of vegetables
That’s pretty cool if you ask me, and just think what you could do with more land. I’m anxious to see what other wealth of information this little book holds.
Until next time – Happy Gardening!