I like hearing of them too. Foxfire books are awesome.
My idea of homesteading is a mix. I want off the grid and the gov. off my back and out of my business, and clean food. Right now this means getting a small organic beef operation off the ground and planning to do solar and other passive systems to my home. I buy my veggies at the farmers market but have an extensive orchard around my place with herbs in all my flowerbeds and things like asparagus, poke salad, elderberries, etc. wherever they'll fit. I'm working too many hours to pay for the cattle setup to take care of a garden, but I still hunt and fish. I intend to have a minimum of gadgets but I am NOT going back to a rock and a river for laundry! I like people more than Shrek does I guess, so I'll always have something to do with town, just on my terms. My goal is the independence of knowing I can take care of myself from start to finish, but I don't have to prove it by doing it all, especially all at once. I will no doubt end up with a grain mill, etc. eventually, and I already butcher my own meat--because I like the results better not to prove a point. That is my motto in loooong form--you asked!Helena said:I love hearing and reading about people and families that sell it all and head out to the woods..or wherever..to homestead with the bare basics. Guess the pioneer spirit amazes me. If you have, tell us what was the hardest modern thing to give up and why and how you are doing it now. I often wish the Homesteading magazines would go back into there archives and find homesteaders from 20 years ago that they interviewed and see how they are today. We have "homesteaded" for 25 years now...but still have the usual gadgets to make life easy for us. Electric and washing machine, indoor plumbing and all. I do realize Homesteading is different things to different people but tell me what you are all doing !! Thanks !!!
Helena said:I was at Parkland Hospital, waiting for a friend to get out of recovery after surgery. There's nothing to do but talk with others in that kind of situation and I had the blessing to meet a man who was waiting for his wife to come out of recovery too. He was once sent out with a cousin by their grandfather. Each boy (about 11-12 of age) was given a knife and 24 hours to live off the land without help. His cousin could not begin to figure out how to do it, but this man had been taught how to build a lean-to, hunt with snare traps and build a campfire. 48 hours later, his grandfather had to pull him in from the hillside. He now owns a farm, pays a cattleman for a calf and a year's worth of feed, and the cattleman butchers the yearling for him. He raises chickens for eggs and meat, gardens, and the like. He drives a horse and buggy into town. He'd do more, but he's not able to get around well after somebody dropped a refrigerator on him from a 2nd story window. His wife buys things like flour and sugar and toilet paper, but for the food, they do just fine without the stores and cheaper too.
I want a similar set up with a solar passive house partially buried to limit the need for heating and cooling. Hopefully, that won't be much longer. :yeeha: Judi