You don't have to grow up on a farm to become a chicken-raising, denim-donning, goat-hugging homesteader.
Often, the joy of simple living is found in everyday tasks, such as feeding calves and completing farm chores.
PHOTO: TERRY WILD STOCK
Even in urban settings, your dreams of raising chickens can come true.
The joys of a self-sufficient life include raising your own food.
Traditional skills, including sharpening and working with scythes, can become daily tasks for a back-to-the-lander.
Maintaining a garden inside the city limits can provide the majority of your produce.
Mix one go-getter family, acreage with good soil, and a farmhouse outfitted with a small wind turbine and solar panels, and you've got the makings of a self-sufficient homestead.
Deborah Niemann reaching out to scratch Lily, the American Guinea sow.
Bob and Shannon Hayes preparing family supper.
TERRY WILD STOCK