A City Girl’s Journey to Homesteading

What led a city girl from Springfield, Illinois to start a homestead in the country? It was quite a journey. From an unfulfilling job to a life of empowerment and abundance, this is one homesteader’s journey. My life has changed because I took control of it.

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You couldn’t have persuaded me a decade ago that my life would change in a major way and that I would become a homesteader. I wouldn’t have been convinced if I had known what a homesteader was!

Why I went from city girl to homesteader

When I was 11 years old, my parents and I moved. I was never a city girl. My parents planted 6 different fruit trees and a lush garden shortly after we moved. I helped with the garden each day after school. We decided to raise Angus cattle that summer. Although most people assume cows are naturally mean, that is only true when they have calves. In actuality, bulls aren’t mean, they’re playful, they just don’t realize their size and weight will hurt someone.

As I got older, I became more interested in eating healthier and using natural products in my home. We had a garden, so I became familiar with canning our own food. I learned from other homemakers and farmers in the country through the Internet.

I’ve never canned food or raised animals before. I learned how to do these things after moving to the country. When I was a child, my father’s mother had a small garden, so I knew I wanted one too.

Homesteaders: what are they?

Homesteaders were people who tamed the wilderness and built homes on the open prairie in the past to earn free land from the government. Native tensions, wild animals, and the land caused these families tremendous hardship.

Today, homesteaders use their land (one acre or 100 acres) to grow their food and raise animals to feed their families. To become self-sufficient, they use modern conveniences and time-tested techniques.

It is my goal to learn skills that will enable me to partially support my family on my own. We use our resources wisely and frugally on our 100-acre homestead. In the future, I hope to teach my children to work hard and that sometimes the old ways work best.

My life now:

  1. I’m in good health (or in remission) and I’m not taking any medication. As a result, I feel more in control of my life. A part of it was changing my situation and a part of it was improving my diet. Food is fuel. I highly recommend The Paleo Solution.
  2. Even though I still get overwhelmed by the abundance of healthy food in the kitchen, it is a real gift in this world. Every person I know can grow it in their own yard, CSA, or farmers’ market.
  3. It’s my thing! Although I didn’t set out to be a homesteader, I am one. I’ve been gardening or growing food for years and generally not getting paid for it in money. Homesteading can give us power, happiness, freedom from debt, and a healthy relationship with the earth. Being a husband or wife is not the same as homesteading. Homesteaders increase their home’s efficiency and self-reliance. Long term, having one homesteader actually saves money.

Effective Outreach Means Self-Responsibility

Having a homestead was not a goal. While my family and I build our lives together, I was trying to figure out how to live a fulfilling life and make an impact on the world.

What did we find out?

To offer something of value to others, we must first take care of ourselves.

Find out how to start a homestead without being overwhelmed!

As a result of eating real food and joining a CSA, we healed our health. Then, we could live in a way that added value to the world. It would attract people with like minds.

You will be unstoppable in your ability to bring about change in the world when your health and home are in order.

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