Life on the Homestead: On Becoming Self-Sufficient

Given any thought to becoming self-sufficient? You — yes, you! — can learn the skills you need. Here’s how one modern homesteader discovered the joys of a self-reliant life.



becoming self sufficient - farm fresh eggs in kitchen
If you're thinking of becoming self-sufficient, a good place to start is in your own kitchen. Where does the food you eat come from, and could you produce more of it right in your own backyard?
PHOTO: JENNA WOGINRICH
Sunflowers on back porch
Not enough room for a garden? How about containers on your steps?
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Backyard garden with corn
You can fit a lot of plants into even a small yard.
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Bike and broccoli
Backyard sustainability: local produce and a bicycle.
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Clothesline
A clothesline, aka a “solar clothes dryer.”
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Sheep in back seat
How do you know when you’re homesteading? When you have sheep in your car you know you’re off to a good start.
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Raising sheep
You don’t need to own a home to start raising animals. All you need is a backyard and an understanding landlord.
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Raising rabbits
Rabbits are a good animal to raise if you have limited space.
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Huskies carry dogpacks
Jenna’s house dogs at work carrying dogpacks.
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Fiddle on back porch
Jenna’s fiddle. While you’re learning to be more self-reliant, why not learn an instrument and enjoy homemade music?
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Relaxing by campfire
Taking some time to relax by the fire. Now this is homesteading!
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Chickens on back porch
Chickens on the back porch.
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Old farmstead and barn
Owning your own farmstead may not be practical now, but it’s a wonderful dream for the future.
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Duck and book
Jenna’s new book, “Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life.”
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Idaho winter
Beautiful Idaho.
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