Welcome to our premier edition of Homestead Progress, where I will be featuring a different homesteader each week, to help inspire self-sufficient living in your life. Since everyone homesteads on a different level, either by choice or ability, I feel that it’s important to showcase that. You don’t have to have 80 acres, like I do to homestead. You don’t even have to live in the country, as my friend Heather proves daily, living on a city lot!
Welcome, Heather! I’d love to get started by learning a little about where you live. Can you tell me about your homestead?
We are in Northern Indiana, on a 1/5 acre city lot. Our house is smack dab in the center of our town, with the only blinking traffic light shining in my bedroom window at night!
I hope you have some heavy curtains so you can get a good night of sleep! Thinking back, can you recall at what point in your life you said to yourself, “I think I want to incorporate homesteading into my life?”
It started when our kids wanted to participate in 4H…and we got a couple of meat chickens. I then found someone who gave me a couple of laying hens, and it’s been going hard core ever since.
Am I a homesteader? I think so…since we garden, raise chickens, and do what we can for ourselves, I am a homesteader. Whether or not I am successful is a matter of opinion of course, but it’s all a journey.
Can you share a bit about your typical schedule or your average day?
I am a blogger/VA (virtual assistant), so I am up by 6AM to get the online work for the day done. Hubby and I usually share a cup of coffee around then. He starts work, then I feed the animals and get the day going. Laundry is usually done daily as I never know when I can finish. I don’t have a dryer, so I have to always take advantage of any good weather. We normally only eat 2 meals a day, a late large brunch, and then dinner. I am not sure why that worked out for us, but it became the norm a few months ago. Dishes, hot spots, and animal feeding are done in the evening by my kids so hubby and I can unwind. Then, family time with either a movie, board game or something similar.
It’s funny that you mention your meal setup! We also have a tendency to make a couple large meals a day, along with some snacks, instead of the traditional breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Sometimes people feel they can’t become self-sufficient because they don’t have a big hunk of property to farm on, or they lack the money to invest in a property of their own. Do you have any tips for folks that think they just can’t get started?
Ummmm…put a pot of basil on your kitchen windowsill. Each step is your very own, and each one takes you to a final goal. You don’t have to have a lot of property to be a homesteader, nor do you have to have tons of animals or a large garden. Just do what you can, when you can.
Coming up with the money to fund homesteading projects can be difficult. Do you have any tips for someone who feels that it’s too expensive to get into homesteading?
IT’S REALLY EXPENSIVE.
But, if you take it just one project, one step at a time, one animal at a time it’s much easier to handle financially. Don’t feel like you need to have it all today, just take it one day at a time.
Looking back to where you were just five years ago, do you believe you’ve made progress on your homestead?
Well, progress is in the eye of the beholder…we are farther along than we were 5 years ago, but compared to where I want to be…we haven’t even begun! Some days, it’s all overwhelming, but again, one step at a time is all we can do, and we have learned to accept defeat as a learning experience and get back up when necessary, or even change our dreams.
Thanks for taking the time to talk with us today, Heather!
Do you have any questions for Heather, The Homesteading Hippy?