Homesteading has been one adventure after another. Another one of our hens went broody and hatched four eggs. Watching a mother hen tend to her little ones has provided us with an endless supply of laughs and enjoyment. Seeing the chicks stretch their wings lets us know, they are growing. Today I saw hints of tails developing on three of the four. Our (alarm clock) rooster keeps watch over the flock making sure everyone behaves and alerts the hens and chicks to any predators in the area.
Look at me! I’m so sexy:)
If you are looking at wanting to homestead, I strongly recommend that you do your research. Watch Alaska the Last Frontier, the Kilcher clan’s life is not an easy one. Read blogs, articles, and books on homesteading. There is a lot of valuable advice out there to let you know of the perils and triumphs of a lifestyle that is not for everyone.
Simple advice if you want to try homesteading:
- Have a plan. Planning is key to making homesteading work. The nearest town may be many miles away. That quick trip to the store may take you forty-five minutes or more just to get there. And another forty-five or so to get back home. Thinking about ordering a pizza? Be prepared to go get it. Delivery? Not likely. Making lists, setting priorities and knowing what your goals are will guide you with your planning.
- Don’t go into debt. Getting started in homesteading can be expensive. The seeds you buy or the plants you bought to grow your own food may not grow. The weather may rain on your parade of crops to the point they rot making all your efforts fruitless. Plan…for the unknown.
- Start small. When you first begin homesteading the tendency may be to go big. For example, if you want to grow your own vegetables, start with some raised beds and see what will grow and what won’t. You don’t need to invest in an expensive tractor with all the implements only to have all those seeds you planted with your “must have” machine have a germination rate of 20%. Take a step by step approach to becoming self sufficient. Small steps lessen the pain of failure, but those small steps provide valuable insight into growth for future successes.
Homesteading can be a wonderful way of life. There are a lot of blogs devoted to homesteading filled with advice and how-to’s. Subscribe to some. Interested in bees? Join a beekeepers organization. Want to raise cows? Find a cattlemen s’ association to belong to. You’ll gain knowledge about the industry and meet new friends. Visit a farmer’s market. Talk with the vendors there and ask questions. Most are more than willing to share their knowledge with you.