Updated: Feb 10, 2020
From the first time you decide to homestead, you make the choice to sacrifice your time and build your skill sets. Even if you do not have any land, no money and are forced to live in the city, you must begin where you are. We have met so many people through the years who say they would like to do what we are doing, but are not willing to give up Cable TV, eating out, or their MacMansion.
What do we do at night? We are constantly either watching a new YouTube channel that increases our skill sets or we are reading a book to help us work better on our homestead. Our interests are somewhat varied among the various family members, but we are all interested in health and becoming a sustainable homestead.
To develop our skills we asked questions, visited museums, studied life without electricity, especially in the depression. In particular, we studied Depression Era meals. Even if you live on small lots you can still work toward self sufficiency.
The Urban Farmer, Curtis Stone, earns $100,000 on ¼ acre in the city.
Urbanhomestead.org have taken a small city lot in southern California and are working to become self-sufficient. Their blog is well worth the read.
We began with two garden strips on two sides of a garage in Houston. The picture above is of my daughters so incredibly excited that we got our only dusting of snow while we were there. They had scraped together ALL of the snow to make one flat face! I unfortunately didn't take pictures of our garden back then. Before digital pictures, film was reserved for the kids. But we read gardening books and quizzed Mike’s grandparents about growing and storing food. We also became increasingly convinced that the food in the local grocery stores was no longer the nutrient rich foods of 100 years ago. Our journey began there and we have never stopped learning and trying to move toward self-sufficiency. We have over 400 books in our library on these subjects beyond those on our computers.