Homesteading Today and What Challenges Can Arise


HISFarmHomesteading today has different challenges than in the 1800s. However, technology has made it easy to get confused about what information to believe and still grow nutrient-rich and healthy food. Food that not only provides nutrition but also protects the Earth we live on.

Back in the 1800s, the earliest settlers in America made their way from the bustling East to golden opportunities out West. The safest way for pioneers to navigate the tough terrain to the West was the wagon train. These wagon trains crisscrossed the Old West on trails – some of the most famous being: The Overland, Santa Fe, Chisholm and Oregon Trails. Along the way they saw incredible beauty and observed two surprising things they never saw coming. 

First: Passing wagons observed discarded old household goods along the trail. Second: The trail they were traveling was littered with graves. Starting in the East and heading West, the pioneers were committed to seeking fame and fortune in a rush of enthusiasm, but they had no idea what that commitment would cost. As for the belongings discarded along the way – it became clear to the pioneers that if they were to reach the next water hole they had better balance between their immediate needs and their eventual wants. If a bedroom set stood in the way, out it went, they let it go. If a piano was too heavy for the horses, out it went, they let it go. And if luggage was too cumbersome – you guessed it – out it went, they let it go! Better to discard those things that stood in the way of reaching the West than the alternative. The alternative? Those who hung on to their unnecessary paraphernalia for dear life more often than not were the occupants of the graves that littered the trails.

What to keep as a necessity was an important decision. To live or die depended upon their decision.

The pioneers who successfully made it to the West figured it out. Those who clung to the past and all their unnecessary paraphernalia didn't make it to the next water hole. They wore out their animals, themselves and family unable to cross the mountains.   Those who let go of the past and divested all the unnecessary paraphernalia were those who were ready to claim their new future.  


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