homestead in any home

The classic term “homesteading” had something to do with the government offering pioneers land for development. But here we are, with motivation to be as self-sufficient as possible, since our grocery stores reveal occasional lapses of items we’re accustomed to purchasing.

So let’s get homesteading.

But I don’t have any land, you say?

Gotcha. I remember living in a two bedroom apartment back in the day and my only “land” was the 24 square foot sunbaked patio. So I’m not suggesting planting the back forty with wheat and buying a thresher.

You know you’re a homesteader when…

Though true homesteader is hardly ANYONE at all (because the government isn’t giving land away), the intention to be homemade on purpose, yeah, THAT can be ALL of us.

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When people get bored, they get clever. A testimony to unschooling philosophy: when people are left to solitude, they get industrious and creative. And it is both a joy to watch our children engage in their curiosities and experience the creative energies flowing ourselves. Yes, sometimes it takes awhile to deschool, or “come down” from the prescribed format, schedule, predetermined plans others have for us. But given enough time, people do stuff—clever, useful stuff. (& Sometimes not-so-clever stuff that feeds clever stuff later.) From the medical angle, I’ve watched 3D mask development, ventilator creation, and an army of homemade mask, gown, and headband seamstresses develop. I’ve seen pandemic hospital routines developed on the fly, and fast. I’ve watched systems put in place for medical telehealth, informal PR campaigns, and pharmacy prescribing practices adjust. There are endless online resources available for our entertainment and education sprout, evolve and grow. Endless online resources developed for our grocery purchases, our greenhouse purchases, our everything else purchases. More than anything, there’s a back to basics, homemade on purpose approach that many MANY are getting into. A surge of expansion toward self-sufficiency (sort of self-sufficiency, because we always need each other, and god bless you if you ONLY need to go the grocery store for toilet paper and black pepper: THAT is a LOT of work.) Watch for the bajillion ways people are getting creative and industrious. This is unschooling. For this aspect, I am in awe of and thankful for my fellow humans. #homeschool #homeschoolmamaselfcare #unschool #covid19ingenuity #covid19clever #homestead #capturingthecharmedlife

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Doing any of these activities moves you toward self-sufficiency, which feels kinda useful when you walk into your regular grocery store and you don’t find yeast and flour.

Sourdough is the poster child for homestead and self-sufficiency these days.

Check out Jill Winger’s podcast episode on all things sourdough (& all things homesteading too, love her!)

Learning to cook, like cooking from scratch, is an ongoing process in any household, but an ultimate value in a homestead kitchen.

When I opened my first bed and breakfast last year, I fine-tuned my breakfast making skills, but I’ve been fine-tuning all sorts of food offerings for two dozen years.

Here is our kitchen abundance from our homesteading offerings.

Sewing would be a classic homestead option, right?
Confession: I am a horrible seamstress. But the times are demanding it…

Learning to can (or “put up”) gives us more reasons to own those pantry jars. Those pretty jars are filled with yum in blah mid-January.

I spent ten years researching chickens before I picked up the fluffs from the farm supply store. (I might have been as excited as the day my babies were born).

It’s not a crazy notion to eat stuff that’s already growing in your yard. In fact, if you find wild raspberries or morrel mushrooms growing on your hillside like I do, you will most definitely want to consume them. There’s a mealtime supplement right outside our doors from teas to berries to mushrooms.

Leftover apples and orange peels have a purpose. How cool is that? And these recipes are so easy.

There is nothing I like more as a spring self-care strategy than to get outside. What better reason to get outside than get your fingers dirty and improve your food self-sufficiency?

Do you want to learn about the progression of MY garden? I built it one rock raised bed at a time, built up my very own soil (cause there was literally NONE: just rock), and have loved every moment.

Every week I’ll share a healthy offering “Fresh from the Homestead” in my self-care strategy newsletter. Get this Homeschool Hygge checklist to get you started.

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