Fulfillment and Purpose Through Homesteading


| 5/8/2013 12:00:48 PM


Tags: farm, homestead, DIY, chicken, hen, purpose, self reliant, food, local, organic, The Homestead Redhead,

Homestead RedheadIf you are on the outside looking in, homesteading can feel like an overwhelming transition from the common way of life these days.  Speed and convenience are the catalysts for society and admittedly, this makes life a bit more manageable with our hectic schedules.  Who doesn’t love to jump in your car, head to a store, swipe a card and come home with everything you think you need and want?

However, the normal way of life is having severe consequences on us as a nation.  Our physical health is suffering significantly from the “go-go-go” lifestyles and the pre-packaged, artificially flavored “food”  this nation is consuming at ridiculous rates.  Our relationships are suffering from the lack of face to face contact, ease of legally dissolving marriages and utter physical and emotional exhaustion of all of our responsibilities.  Our mental health is suffering.  The majority of the population, including children, are using antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications or utilizing alcohol or illegal drugs to self-medicate.

We are left feeling starved.  Starved for food that does not leave us feeling sick and empty, starved for emotional fulfillment and pride in our accomplishments.  Starved for a true connection to someone or something.  There is another way.  There is another life.  Homesteading is where I found my answer.

Homesteading is a general term for living off the land and being self-sufficient.  It is the basics of what our country was built on and it worked for decades.  It is filled with the clucks of contented chickens, the crisp taste of home-grown vegetables and the sound sleep of working hard and accomplishing a goal.  The beauty of homesteading is it can be individualized in every aspect.  You don’t have to sell your apartment or suburban home and move to the middle of nowhere.  You can start exactly where you are.

Basics 

“All good things are wild and free.”  Henry David Thoreau

nebraska dave
5/11/2013 1:23:37 PM

Homestead Redhead, I can remember the days when city folks had a chicken or two, gardens abounded, and food was eaten at the kitchen table prepared by Mom. As you have stated, times have changed. Meals should be enjoyed and not washed down with soda pop after a couple chomps on the way to soccer practice. Schedules today are way too crowded in my humble opinion. That's not to say that I haven't had my years of cubicle stress and days of fast food behind the steering wheel. An actual country homestead will most likely not ever be in my future but homesteading is a mind set and not a place. My homestead is called Terra Nova Gardens and resides in the inner city. It's a total of .62 acres with 6,000 square feet tillable. The rest is covered with trees and wild life. It has a clear view to the east and has the most gogorgeousunrises. Wild turkeys wander through the area daily. Hawks, groundhogs, squirrels, deer, and rabbits all co habitat in my city homestead. This is my second year for city homesteading and I'm loving it. Have a great day on the homestead.





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