Here is a story, its a long one, but a good one; I hope you enjoy it.
There was a husband and wife, who decided that maybe one day they would live a life outside of suburban America. A simple life that involved chickens, ducks, goats, gardens, some land, and the ability to preserve their harvest through canning…just a simple life, out of mainstream America. This new life would be a homesteading life verses a pick up, move out to the country and ‘get these things’ kind of life, we needed to work for this life.
The wife learned to can and preserve their harvest, tend their gardens, which she has failed in certain areas, but she knows it is part of the process. She put down her fiction novels for articles, books, magazines on how to successfully homestead. Their free time became about researching and educating themselves on what was needed to begin their journey, they often compared notes each evening.
The husband works a full time job, and then goes to his second job. He works to clear the land, building and amending structures, and helps with the small farm animals and the garden. They work together to teach their children to live simply.
Now, I mentioned this couple was learning how to homestead. They strive to barter and trade, opt out of using chemicals in their gardens and on their farm animals, grow their own food, raise some of their own meat, and build structures using roughly 70% free or recycled items as often as they can.
This homesteading life includes keeping chicken & ducks in a way that was done 100+ years ago, through herbs and organic care. They brought goats to the property to help clear the 2 acres, and to provide milk. In the future they wish to add solar panels, and currently they heat their home with a wood burning stove.
This couple loves their farm animals, but remember, they consider themselves homesteaders, and with that decision they will raise meat birds, rabbits, and possibly a pig for personal consumption. They are not vegetarians, and will often post about how much they LOVE bacon, but understand, they would do whatever it takes to humanely raise the small farm animals under their care.
This couple, has decided to share their lives with you. Not to be judged, but to encourage as many people to learn about how to begin and live this self sustaining life, and all that comes with it. You will learn about their failures, their successes, their journey to clean eating, their wish to use herbs and oils for better health, to succeed in living a simple life.
This story began in February 2014, and this story is about a husband and his wife, along with 2 of their children. This story is about us, Justin & Ann. Laugh, cry, be disappointed, frustrated, and amused with us, but more importantly be a part of our everyday life as we work on the American dream of being a self sustaining homesteading family!
Sit back, the story is just beginning.