Homesteading Without a Homestead


| 9/5/2013 11:19:00 AM


Tags: Virginia, Lanette Lepper, barnheart, self-sufficiency,

In her book by the same name, Jenna Woginrich defined the term “Barnheart” as ‘an uncurable longing for a farm of one’s own,’ and, in doing so, named the phenomenon which so many of us find ourselves experiencing. As a military spouse who still has many years left before we are able to settle into our ‘forever home(stead)’, I still suffer from occasional bouts of Barnheart, even though a couple of bee hives and five chickens have helped tremendously.

If you suffer from Barnheart and would like to homestead but are unable to do so right now for whatever reasons (there are many), do not despair. There are still steps you can take in order to move yourself towards the goal of being more self-sufficient. Happily, most of them don’t involve much money! Here’s a list of my top 10:

canned food in pantry1. Save more, spend less. The sad fact is that most people cannot afford to buy the homestead of their dreams … or any homestead, for that matter. In many places, acreage is expensive. In order to make your dream a reality, you may need to make some drastic changes. Thankfully, most of those changes have positive outcomes …  stop eating out and instead, learn to cook the kinds of dishes you’ll be making when you can have your own garden. Cancel cable and instead, read books and magazines that will teach you about living self-sufficiently. Make time work for you, and contribute annually to your IRA. Your 70-year old self will thank you for it. Your co-workers and friends won’t understand why you want to live so simply … but they don’t have Barnheart.


essex
9/5/2013 4:12:45 PM

I really appreciate the tips in this blog and the general message. You are so right. I submitted a blog last month to MEN called Backyard Homestead. I like yours better! Ed Essex


essex
9/5/2013 4:12:09 PM

I really appreciate the tips in this blog and the general message. You are so right.. I submitted a blog last month to MEN called Backyard Homestead. Yours is better!




dairy goat

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.

LEARN MORE