11 Lessons Learned from Our First Year Homesteading

| 10/30/2019 10:03:00 AM

 The farm

Today I've been thinking about what lessons we've learned in the first year of homesteading. Farming or living on an acreage is a very challenging life, but so is living in the city! Just in different ways.

Out here, when your source for drinking water dries up...that's a huge problem. And it translates to a lot of time spent hauling water and hooking up hoses in rough terrain or steep slopes.

In the city, it's the stress of a boss dictating your entire life, including when you can spend time with your kids or do something you enjoy. Also not fun.

But the homesteading lifestyle has so many unique challenges that I wanted to offer my perspective as it's been a year since we moved here. Here are eleven things that I wish someone had told me about before jumping into this life...that way I could have at least mentally prepared for some of it, or been super grateful for the luxury of city living (oh, that faucet that magically pours water out!!).

1. We did a lot of camping-style cooking for most of the first year. If you are going to be in a similar off-grid set-up, be prepared for this by packing your nice plates, linens, and wine glasses in secure boxes and use your camping plates and flatware until a proper kitchen is set up. I had to make sure all of my food was stored in food-grade buckets in case we got mice, so it was challenging to remember where things were stored. I had to let go of wanting that perfect kitchen set-up and organized pantry.

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