Kate Marlowe, Backwoods Homestead

Backwoods Homestead

By Kate Marlowe

Kate Marlowe and her family live on the Backwoods Homestead near New Plymouth, Ohio, and she plans to focus her blog posts on "subsistence and sustainable living in the backwoods of Ohio," as well as minimalism, working toward an off-grid lifestyle, and living a simple and frugal life.

Currently, Kate is completing an article about backwoods living for a homestead website. "There is a misconception that homesteading must involve open fields for farming and animals grazing. We show how homesteading can be implemented regardless of your setting, such as ours in the backwoods," she says. Future projects include growing her business as a DoTERRA Wellness Advocate, submitting more freelance articles (and having them published) in more homesteading publications, and finishing the family's current cabin and move farther into the backwoods and completely off-grid.

"I have always lived in rural areas, minus a brief move to the city for work," Kate says. "I moved to my current location in Southern Ohio for my teaching career. I met my husband and we built our cabin in the woods."

She defines a "homesteader" as "any person or family that desires to live a lifestyle that is self-sufficient, frugal and in tune with the land around them." The Backwoods Homestead is home to "a zoo of dogs for both home and hunting. Our in-house babies are Annie, Sugar, Booger and Ziggy."

Their garden is a work in progress, Kate says, and they plan to make their entire yard edible. "We want to be self-sufficient with all our food as we find it to be healthy, affordable and an enjoyable way to spend our time." The garden includes kale, tomatoes, green beans, lettuce, bell peppers, cabbage, onions, musk melons, basil, chives, sage, cilantro and parsley.

Kate lists her "country" skills as "organic and herbal cooking, gardening, fishing, hunting, foraging and one day, canning!"

Her philosophy on country life? "Keep things simple, live in tune with nature and simplify; life changes in an instant, enjoy what God has given you while it's here for you."

Visit Kate's website, follow her on Facebook or Twitter, and find out more about Backwoods Homestead on InstagramPinterest, and Google +.

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