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The Start of our Homesteading Journey
How to generate money on a farm or homestead
Have you ever watched these so called reality shows where a family will pick up and leave all the comforts of the city life and go to a rural community to make their lives less stressful? They not only leave the ways of the city, they take it one step further and they move off grid! I have to hand it to them though! I can not see living without the comforts of so many things our family has become accustomed to having.
The fact of the matter is raising some chickens for eggs isn't going to cut it. Combining all of the ideas that on theses other websites have on homesteading may put a dent into our taxes. And I can say we are quite spoiled. I enjoy the access of the internet. If I don't know something I go google it! If not sometimes I wouldn't have a clue what to make for dinner some nights. My husband still has his job doing something to make ends meet. I would love to cut out the guy who signs those paychecks. The ones we break our backs for, and we stress out over whether he will have that job every few years when its contract time. There are other times that are extremely stressful also but that is the biggest one. So this blog is a mission statement in many ways on what my husband and children have all done and what we want to do for our futures with homesteading. What works, and what doesn't work for us. It could very well work for you so if we can help you out or you can help us out give us a shout out. We are always open to new suggestions. The saying of work smarter not harder is always a good thought.
Our Homestead a work in progress.
Ten Years Ago
Ten years ago we lived on the outskirts of town. We lived in a small trailer that had all the indemnities that we wanted. If we wanted something we would go get it. Or we would have it delivered. We wanted to skip out on cooking one night then we did, and we would enjoyed it. But we felt stuck. But we was tired of it all. We had been looking for a house for a while. We wanted to get a piece of property that was enough for a garden and playing for our future children. What we got was so much more
Then versus Now
Back then I was just out of college and getting ready to finish my first semester in my Masters program in Psychology. I have always wanted to help people. My husband and I have been foster parents and spent a lot of time helping wherever we can do so.
That was when we started to think about having our own family. It seemed to be proving to be a difficult task for us. He had a son from a previous relationship so the problem obviously wasn't him. I had tried everything diets that were to promote fertility, and I even rubbed a fertility goddess statue which may or may not have worked because that next May of 2008 was when we had our first bundle of joy Miss Ava. We also had found our home which we had seen the ad for over a year but kept driving right past the house. I have to blame that on real estate photography though because the house looked to be pretty secluded in a field all to itself. When in reality it was setting on the edge of the road next to half dozen houses. There was basically a junk yard here with so much crap, it was ridiculous. But sometimes you have to have a bit of imagination of to what it could be. I had to look beyond the ugly paint, and the junk that could all be changed and removed to make it amazing. I had to imagine what all could be like here. Which sometimes proves to be difficult even still to this day. Within the first three years we had to dig up the front yard every year on Ava's birthday because of a waterline colapse the first time, the second was a septic issue, and the final time it was actually helpful because we added water pumps to other areas of the farm.
Within the first year we had removed so much metal and junk that was waste from the property that the people at the junkyard knew us on a first name basis. We recycled a lot of it. Which was quite helpful when it came to putting a down payment on a new tractor. It made me sing that funny song "She thinks my tractors sexy" all the time during the first 2-3 months any time I seen my husband driving it! It helped us out tremendously. I don't know how we made it without it that first two years. We were able to get rid of tree stumps, and even more junk that had been embedded into the ground from years of being on the property. At one point I actually pulled out a whole rusted car door. Where the rest of the car was I have not a clue! but we had lots of fuel tanks for cars also so it may have just been cut up around here somewhere.
With getting rid of all that junk we was able to get rid of things that made this property more of a farm. We had known the property was on the market for roughly two years and the persons in charge of the maintenance of taking care of the lawn weren't that great at it. They cut the grass maybe once a month, maybe every other month. Which the snakes were awful! That first year we invaded their territory and they let us know! Thankfully there were none that were ever in the house, but they were definitely in the yard and fields. The noise and the much more regular maintenance of once a week cutting where we live our lives and where the children play keep them away much better. Since that year we have only seen maybe a handful of them. Which were not anything harmful when we did see them from then on.
Today our farm is still a work in progress and we are still trying to make it a homestead. However we are trying are best to make it a working homestead. This year there are many plans of building things to make it a more successful business. Starting with a greenhouse. It won't be anything extremely elaborate, but it will be enough to make our garden items ready to get started in the early parts of February when the tomatoes should be started. Our family has a lot of dreams that just need to take flight. We are planning on making them all come true.