The Modern Homesteading Bug – 5 Ways to Know If You’ve Got It

| 7/17/2011 2:51:09 PM


There’s this affliction that’s been going around for a few years now – it plants this really vivid dream in your head of escaping the rat race and moving to the country.  Of growing your own food, collecting your own eggs and of your children being raised under the influence of nature instead of video games.

It’s a niggly bug that buries itself in your psyche and won’t let go. With every city siren, rude neighbour and complaining customer at work, it gets louder and more in your face. And it’s infecting millions.

I know. I used to be a victim. But I found the cure: I just did it.

Well, OK. Truth be told it wasn’t quite that easy, but ultimately, that really was the answer.

So what is this mysterious affliction?  I call it the ‘modern homesteading’ bug, but it also goes by ‘the back to the land’ movement, rural living, and a number of other monikers.

charlie greene
7/26/2011 1:19:44 PM

I just love the way you did it! Just do it! If you look at where we are at as a society and what we have lost of off-shore job markets, technology, financial markets etc. the only direction I can see for anyone less than 30 is back in time. A farm of any size is the only direction they should be headed. Just thnk of being able to grow,store,preserve and eat your own food. Farming is not an easy life style but it sure is rewarding. Having left the corporate jungle after thirty years I find my self looking back with hind-sight as to the choices that I made. I look at our older son (36) who is right in the middle of the "Techi" race and listen to the absolute stress that he go's through on a daily basis. He has choices that he can make and I can only give him the expierence of my own carrier. Basically, I generally advise him to go get 40 acres of good furtile land and start to live life on life's terms. At some point one realize's that money is not everything. There is a lot to be said about the love of labor. If you have ever smelled the fresh dew in the morning or fresh cut hay or walked behind dairy cattle as they were walking down the lane at milking time and the smell of milk hung heavy in the air, or sat behind a manaure spredder instead of on the tractor pulling it and came out covered head to toe in what makes things grow, you just haven't lived yet.

Cindy Murphy
7/22/2011 6:55:49 AM

Great post, Victoria, and great comments from other readers as well. We're living the small town life here, and absolutely loving it. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your weekend.

Muck Boot Diva
7/21/2011 6:44:30 AM

Ha! Your blog here is me to the "T". We actually bought the farm already -- still kickin' though. We hope to move there in two years. You can read more about it on my actual blog where I mention little tid bits of my homesteading experiences. MBD

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