Learning to Live a Self-Sufficient Life

Even with advance preparation, the Schulz family found achieving their dream of a self-sufficient life was less about romantic vision and more about learning to live within daily reality.



Schulz homestead
Robert and Summer Schulz take their horse-drawn wagon out for a ride. They've built a self-sufficient life on a homestead in southeastern Wisconsin.
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Schulz family
Robert, Summer and their son, Yha’ni, have made their homesteading dreams a reality.
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interior
The Schulzes’ home is as inviting on the inside as its exterior promises — the family has made it a beautiful base for their life.
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cordwood and plaster
A cordwood section the Schulzes built as an accent in their plastered straw/clay home.
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outhouse
Exterior of the outhouse.
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hen house
Summer, Yha’ni and photographer John Ivanko’s son, Liam, visit the hen house.
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Summer Schulz
Summer collects cabbage and other fresh produce from the garden.
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Robert and honeybees
Robert checks on the farm’s honeybees. In addition to providing honey, the bees are hardworking pollinators.
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blacksmithing
Robert works on a pair of hinges for a customer’s barn in the blacksmith shop he built on the property with the help of neighbors.
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garlic
With a spirit of innovation and a love for living wisely, the Schulzes wake up each morning with ambition.
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The Schulz family
The Schulzes relax on the porch after a day of hard, fulfilling work.
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