By no means am I much of a professional in regards to doing anything especially in the terms of blogging or homesteading. I have a dream like so many people and probably like everyone that may read this, the dream is to be free. It seems that most of the time those that we hear shouting “Freedom!” from the roof tops or to the media don’t have the slightest clue what freedom is about.
This is not going to be a political site even though I may voice my opinion from time to time about my frustration in the loss of freedoms we had, I believe that the greatest thing we can do to insure our freedom is to use it. One of the greatest ways we can exercise our freedom is by becoming as self sufficient as possible. One place that many of us can become less dependent on the outside world is with food production. Food production is where the homestead comes in.
Above is my horse Cyrus, (and no not named after Billy Ray Cyrus but Cyrus the Great, King of Persia), may tell you that I have more land than many people do and that’s true. My Homestead is nearly 55 acres but much of it was clear cut when I bought it 15 years ago, it didn’t have any structures or power to it, the road was rough and all of my cars had the bottom of the muffler ripped off. Eventually things did get built and it is still a work in progress. At this point I do have a few fruit trees, raspberries, about 30 chickens, honey bees, and around 4 acres cleared off for fields but my two horses, Cyrus and Cate, clean them off. I do hope to clear off another 10 acres and leave the rest hardwood.
This year is the first year, being since July, that I have had the ability to start working on actual homesteading. I was a teacher before this with a big commute and lots of changes taking me away from home, now I work with my wife doing, learning, book keeping, that gives me more time to follow my passion to make a semi profitable homestead.
The biggest reason I decided to do a blog is selfish, I am horrible at documenting my successes and failures and with the blog at least there will be a digital log, but I know it will be rough for a while.
The second reason is that I believe it is great for people to share their successes and failures especially when it comes to growing their own food, it can be a lot of work, and it can and often does cost more money than what you get out of it. I know there are other blogs on homesteading out there so maybe this one isn’t much different, but at this point it is very new and I will fail a lot so reading it may make you feel better about your own aspirations of growing food!
One thing that we all need to recognize is that it does not necessarily take much land to produce a lot of food, one of the biggest mistakes I made starting out was planting too much corn, it seemed easier to me to plant 1/4 acre than a very small patch but I was never able to harvest it all in time and much of it was lost. My back yard which is similar to many backyards is a hand full at times when things are going well especially when combined with regular work.
We can all reach a little farther to gain our own security and freedom, I would love to have you along on the journey!
Good luck and enjoy the ride,