Our Take on Modern Homesteading

We describe ourselves as modern homesteaders....but what does that mean?  To us it means...

  • Producing as much of our own food as we can, including gardening, hunting and fishing
  • Doing things ourselves
  • Reducing what we buy from the store
  • Working toward a more simple life


It is a shift in how you think about things, becoming a producer instead of a consumer.  This can be done wherever you live; you don't have to have acres of land to be a homesteader!  It is definitely a process...a lifetime journey.  There is always more to do and more to learn to increase our self reliance.  I don't believe we will ever get to a point where we don't buy anything from the store, but we have been able to reduce our list quite a bit.  And each thing we are able to replace with a homegrown or homemade version means less money spent and more money set aside for our future homestead!   

Some things we have done over the past 10 years:

  • Paid off all debt, including our small house
  • Grown over 500 pounds of produce per year in our backyard garden
  • Grow enough potatoes, garlic, onions, beets, carrots to last us all year
  • Make our own onion and garlic powders
  • Dry our own sage, thyme and oregano
  • Focus on eating seasonally
  • Learn what wild edibles grow where we live 
  • Keep chickens for eggs
  • Hatched our own eggs and raised chicks for meat
  • Can jam, jellies, salsa, vegetables, fruit, meat and broths
  • Bake bread
  • Cook from scratch 
  • Make all our soap (and sell this as a side income)
  • Make my own cloth pads
  • Compost kitchen scraps, chicken manure and garden clippings
  • Installed woodstove to cut down fuel oil we buy
  • Turned off cable for summer, now turned off for good and subscribed to Netflix instead
  • Opted for no microwave or dish washer in our home
  • Learned to grind wheat for flour
  • Shop garage sales and thrift stores

This lifestyle isn't for everyone, but for us it is rewarding...especially when we sit down to a meal and are able to say that it was all produced in our backyard!


Do you do some of these things?  Are there skills you would like to learn this year?

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