This homesteading guide is for those that may be thinking about or starting their own homesteading journey. I do not proclaim to be an expert in homesteading. But I have been doing this long enough to know the basics and I hope that I can help you learn them as well.
In each section of the guide, we discuss the things you need to know to start your homesteading journey. I hope to give you simple, helpful advice to get your homestead up and running without getting overwhelmed by all the things you want to do.
The purpose of the guide is to give you actionable steps in each homesteading skill so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor and move forward. Don’t try to add everything into your lifestyle at once. You will get frustrated and most likely give up.
So lets get started with making your dream of homesteading a reality. You can do this! Just take it one step at a time.
Gardening is a large part of the homesteading culture. In this chapter, we discuss how to start a garden, including where to put it, what to grow and how to take care of it. We also discuss composting and why it is essential to a nutrient rich garden.
Homemaking is really about taking care of your family in the home. We discuss cooking real food, why it's important and how to save time and money while putting healthy food on the table. We also explore natural cleaning techniques to take care of your family without added harsh chemicals.
Raising animals on the homestead can be scary for new homesteaders. We only discuss 2 kinds of animals (chickens and rabbits) to avoid confusion and burnout. We discuss how to nourish, protect and harvest these animals in a loving and humane way. Raising animals can be a joy for your entire family if you do it right.
Saving the harvest is about preserving and storing food in your house, whether it is from your garden, your own animals or from the store. Preserving techniques discussed are freezing, dehydrating and canning. We also discuss long term food storage and why it is important.
Emergency preparedness is a large and complicated topic, In this chapter, we go over the basics of debt free living and basic disaster readiness. We want you to strive to be debt free so that you can live the way you want to without being under anyone else's thumb. By being prepared for life's emergencies, you can save your family and help others as well.
Don't wait another day to get started on your homesteading dreams. Homesteading doesn't have to wait until you have 40 acres of land or live in the country. There are many homesteading ideals that you can start learning now. By getting started with the basics, you can learn while you plan and save for your dream homestead. And with each step you will become more self sufficient and better at taking care of your family's needs. It's never too soon to start living the life you want. Do it now!