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12 Ways To Start Homesteading Today

| 5/30/2017 9:27:00 AM

Are you among the many who look forward to quitting your day job and buying that special piece of land to get started on the homesteading life? At its core, homesteading is about living a meaningful life that connects our soul with the land and all the myriad life it can support, and connecting meaningfully with community. Homesteading means jumping in with head, hands and heart! Waiting for all the big pieces to fall into place can be frustrating, and facing huge projects can be daunting. The vision of this grand goal keeps us moving steadily onward, sometimes at the expense of opportunities that might be right in front of us. Why wait? Get started with your homesteading lifestyle today. Small, simple steps yield experiences that pave the way to confidence and deeper engagement.

1. Plant something edible or medicinal in a pot or small patch in the yard and watch it grow. Share it with a neighbor. I once (only once) grew a half acre of oats and wheat to make homegrown bread and oatmeal.

2. Pick dandelions for your salad and invite a friend or neighbor for dinner.

3. Devote one room in your home to being off grid with a small solar panel and battery (learn how in The Homeowner’s Energy Handbook). Use DC power to operate a light and radio, or add an inverter to use AC power. Invite a friend or neighbor to charge their electronic device next time the power goes out.

4. Make your own biogas by putting food scraps into an airtight bucket. Learn how on my YouTube channel or buy a kit from Parsec Energy.

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