You know that feeling you get when you complete a task? The juicy, deliciousness of your first tomato grown in your own backyard. The thrill of bottling your own batch of Kombucha. The elation of finding your first egg in the hen house. Even if it was hard work, you feel something good, a sense of accomplishment. Maybe even peace of mind in knowing you can do it. A sense of self-reliance.
This is the essence of homesteading; creating rather than just consuming. Whether revamping an old peanut butter jar into a rain gauge or starting your own bee colony, you are doing something which will enhance your life and possibly the lives of others. How does homesteading do this, exactly? We aim to tell ‘ya . . .
In this modern world, we are far removed from our food sources. We don’t really know where it came from or how it was grown. Even with labeling, we don’t really know what’s in it and the long term health implications of additives. Is it organic, non-GMO, natural or no pesticides or treated with antibiotics?
Grow your own: by growing or raising your own vegetables, fruits or livestock, you know the answers to all these questions.
Join a CSA: as a member of a Community Supported Agriculture, you can actually visit the farms and speak with the farmers about how they grow their food. This way, you know the source personally.
If you grow your own or reap the benefits of a CSA, you can obtain enough produce to can and dehydrate your own food for storage. Again, the guess work is eliminated and you know exactly what you are feeding yourself and your family.
During WWII, people were encouraged to grow their own produce and raise their own chickens. It was a time of rationing and if you didn’t grow your own, sometimes you did without. Prior to WWII was the Great Depression. Not surprisingly, people in rural areas who grew their own food and used techniques of dehydration, canning and fermenting, fared better than those in more urban areas without the same resources or knowledge. Homesteading offers the opportunity to learn how to become more self-reliant.
Tired of paying big bucks for produce, organic eggs, raw honey or Kombucha?
Make your own! It’s easier than you think and the return is much greater than the initial set up cost. Once you are set up, you will produce more than you ever imagined. In fact, some homesteaders start just to keep their families fed only to discover they have more than they can consume. So, they start their own Cottage Farm Foods and sell to others. It’s a win/win situation!
So, what are you waiting for? If these reasons aren’t enough, then check out some of our blogs called HerStory about other members of LHG like Esther Arkfeld, Missy Crane or Jill Puckett. See why they do it, what lessons they have learned and how their lives have been enriched. We encourage you to ask questions, research on your own and find other women who value these timeless reasons to homestead.
Check out the laws in your area, first, before selling produce or animal products to others at http://forrager.com/laws/.
Let us know why you make your own (fill in the blank) and how you do it by leaving a comment. We would love to hear from you!
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