This thread is going out on Christmas Eve which means it is time for me to spend with family. So my thread this week is fairly simple and I thought I would focus a bit on why my family and I decided to be homesteaders in the first place. While I could go into a lot of detail about that subject I decided to keep things simple.
- Connecting with nature through wild homesteading.
- Watching my little-one experience nature on our homestead.
- Exploring my homestead with my family.
For myself connecting with family, nature, and the land are core to my life as a homesteader. From observing my land, exploring it with my family, and watching the joy on my son's face as he explores our homestead I always find a reason to smile. This is what makes the challenges of homesteading worth it.
What about you? What do you love about homesteading?
I'm keeping this thread simple and I'm hoping to hear from you about what you love about homesteading.
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Thank you and merry Christmas!
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The thing I love most about homesteading is living a more old fashioned, simpler lifestyle away from many of life's modern trappings and obligations that can easily distract from truly connecting to myself, others, nature and God. My fondest memories were as a youngster visiting my grandparents' farm in Virginia each Summer. It was such an unencumbered, basic lifestyle, and while there each Summer I felt as if my spirit was freed during those brief stays. Somehow, even as a young person, life made much so much more sense, and I was so much more at peace when on the farm. As I grew older, and got swept up in life, my spirit always longed for that simpler life, so 23 years ago, I left it behind, or as much as I could at that time, and moved to a rural setting and my 15 acres of heaven. Since then, my daily goal has been to keep my spirit free, and for me that is leading an ever-increasing simpler life as a homesteader.
Merry Christmas to you and everyone on Permies, and may you all find what you seek most.
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After growing up as a wild child in the Scottish countryside, then really growing up and having to be well groomed and constantly busy for my job, I especially love coming back to the countryside where I can be myself.
I wear old comfortable clothes, pile my hair into an uncombed bun and start the day deciding what I want to do. I feel that my interior self is more beautiful, rested and aware of the things around me as a result of shedding exterior trappings of success. I have more time to just enjoy what I need and want to do because I don't have to go anywhere, don't have to do so many of the things that I used to resent spending time on.
When people come here, if the house is a mess, the dogs fancy a new lap to sit on, or a cat's sick and I don't rush to clean it up, or kids see chickens copulating or any other things happen which might shock or upset some people, I don't worry, I watch and observe reactions. I see and admire good parenting, respect for animals, calm reactions, fun, humour, joy and at the same time, I see people I really want to be with.
I feel a sense of peace and relief every time I turn into our drive. With the simple life we live, I dont come home to a mountain of debt worries when I see the house. I feel happy that I dont have to worry about what is in my food when I eat a meal from my flock-meat or eggs- or chemicals from my garden. I love to see my nephews curiousity and fascination with how we live and that they are willing to try new things when they are here.
I feel better mentally, emotionally and physically when I am here. Not that we dont have a number of problems in our life, but I am happy.
Sure, someone can go out and buy all the ingrediants to make soap (fat, lye). I want to make the stuff that makes the soap . These are the most rewarding things. It could be dinner. It could be wine. It could be a knife sheath. A Christmas ornament. A bucket. A spoon. A deer blind. A fence.
I noted in most all of your responses a common thread... freedom. Freedom from the ugliness of the urban life, freedom from the strictions of social convention, the freedom of self sufficiency, and the freedom of living in nature. My wife and I also enjoy another freedom as well.
Real estate in the bluest of blue elitist limousine liberal California is prohibitively expensive. It was impossible for us to purchase a house. So we took an outside the box approach and bought a small piece of land from the former owner who was an architect. He sold it really cheap because he was unable to build on it. After two and a half years and $30K worth of radical environazi bureaucratic paperwork, we finally obtained a building permit for an 1,100 square foot, one bedroom "tiny house".
Most of the materials came from Home Depot!
We built really small and cheap so we could own a house with no mortgage and enjoy freedom from debt.
Things I love... Living within nature: river nearby, surrounded by conifer & poplar trees. General quiet, with birds flying about & singing. Working with soil, raising food. Having learned (and learning more) many useful skills, hence being pretty self-reliant. Being friends with neighbors and other valley residents with similar lifestyles & interests. Not dealing very often with congested streets & finding parking, nor breathing city air. Gaining direct insights into how ecosystems function.
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There's just so many things I love about homesteading. I love knowing I have healthy food for me and my family. I love the peace I get from being in nature and away from society. I love sharing the wonder of nature with my kids. I love waling outside and just putzing around the garden and homestead. There's always so much to do, but I love all of it, and feel so rejuvenated after being outside. Being outside allowed me to keep at least some of my sanity when my kids were babies--it not only soothed them, it soothed me!
We once had a reporter come to our farm to do a story about homesteading for the localnewspaper. She asked me the same exact question. Without hesitation, I instantly replied "Itse tekeminen". the answer just came from somewhere deep in my soul, I hadn't consciously thought about it before. "Itse tekeminen" is Finnish and it has a double meaning. It means "Doing it yourself" but it can also mean "The doing in itself". And I meant both
It is all I know. I would not know how to live/survive any other way.
Just as someone from an inner-city would be scared to spend a week in the rural confines of Maine, I would be scared to be in an Inner-city for a week.
I once helped my sister build a shed for her house (then) in Fairfax, VA and learned quickly about boundary line set-backs, people not knowing their neighbors, and code enforcement rules. I think it took me longer to drive to Home Depot to get stuff 2 miles away then it did for me to go to the Home Depot 40 miles away here with all that traffic.
I can't live like that.
As a full-time farmer, I do my best work with a hoe, but what does that say about my wife Katie?
posted 3 weeks ago
Homesteading is the last true "profession" or "lifestyle" with a perceived no barrier to entry. All you have to have is a piece of land.
People are tired of the need to constantly advance, fight for stuff, compete, so on and so on. They want to have control of their lives back in their own hands. Literally.
To such people homesteading has the appeal that they can just go out and do their thing in a way that has not changed since two or three hundred years ago.
However, this perception is very misleading, unless you are set up properly (financially etc.). It ends up being quite the opposite for most people. Why? Well, many reasons. I wrote about them in my own blog post here. It is a long read but it goes into details of what to be careful of.
I am in the process of homesteading, but I am living here for the last 36 years, and I guest I am getting there more and more, I love permaculture, it takes time to strat it but it is so much lest work than the conventionnel gardening. I intend to build next summer my first rocket mass heater, and people around me are getting very interesting. I am using all your information to learn, everything I can, and it is very excinting. I am happy that I found you all even if you are very far. I am from Québec province and I enjoy looking at your video, specialy because you are ''une belle gang!'' If my english is not perfect, you know now that I am a French Quebecer.
My primary reason for going homesteading was quiet and solitude from the madding crowds.
Later on I was told it was probably because I am antisocial, but I spend a lot of time around quite a few people so, perhaps it is more that I want the time alone instead of not wanting people around me all the time.
I like spending as much time as possible with my piece of the earth mother.
I like working to build my soil to be as it was a thousand years ago and finding out that I am succeeding at this goal.
I like growing our own food and eating it.
I like taking care of all our animals and using the things they give us.
I like sitting outside at night and watching the stars (we have nearly dark sky where we are and that was one of the must haves that lead to our purchasing this land).
I like building all the infrastructure that we need for living where we live.
We love visitors, that's why we live in a secluded cabin deep in the woods. "Buzzard's Roost (Asnikiye Heca) Farm." Promoting permaculture to save our planet. you can call me Dr. Redhawk
I also have more "intellectual" reasons why I love homesteading.
On a homestead I can design my food systems so that they are as environmentally and ethically sound as possible. One day I can hopefully achieve a near perfect loop where the output of another system is the input of another and all it takes to run the system is sunlight - that's the vision I do intend to keep including my neighbours in the loop too, selling food to them and importing some nutrients to the farm, but the majority of material will circle around within the home stead.
Homesteading enables me to make choices that are in line with my values. If the chickens stop laying for a while, it's no problem, we can eat something else for a while. We can live without milk too, for periods of time. There's no need to constantly produce something when you're producing it for yourself. I can give the animals a break and I can get a break from daily milking too.
I also love the seasonality: busy times and low times. Times when I run around from dawn to dusk and times when I can spend hours reading or on online forums
What I love about homesteading? I love looking at our pantry full of home grown food that we have canned/dehydrated or frozen ourselves. There is just something about opening a can of vegetables that you have picked and canned yourself in the middle of a New England blizzard. The grandkids picking "weeds" and bringing them in a grand bouquet to me! (yes I eat the weeds). The stars at night over the forest.