The classic term “homesteading” had something to do with the government offering pioneers land for development.
But here we are, with the 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.
Can you homestead in any home? 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.
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.
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!)
- How to Maintain a Sourdough Starter
- Sourdough Beginner Recipe: from Prairie Homestead
- How to Make Sourdough Starter
- Top Ten Favourite Sourdough Recipes
- Sourdough cinnamon buns
- Got too much sourdough? Make a bread pudding!
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.
- Let’s make Zwieback buns (my Mennonite heritage favourite).
- My Favourite Cookbook
- How to Make Homemade Bone Broth
- How to Grow Potatoes in a 5 Gallon Bucket
- My Favourite Canning Book
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 as 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?
- Why I love Gardening
- How to Start a Garden
- Soil building (Can’t start a garden without healthy soil: because plants need to be fed (yup, them too, not just the kids))
- How to Start Seeds for a Vegetable Garden
- Everything you need to know about Growing Tomatoes
- 18 Perennial Veggies you Can Plant Once and Harvest for Years
- Plant perennial gardens too
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.
- Once upon a time, I fell in love with a piece of land
- Then I built a house
- Our garden bounty
- And for all your homestead resources, I share this.
- It’s a Homestead Life for us!