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Start a Homesteading Club

By seeking out a community of like-minded types, this couple was able to form a club where homesteaders can develop and share their skills.

| April/May


When my wife, Cara, and I moved to a small town in a new area in 2015 and wanted to start homesteading, we felt rather alone. Many people starting a homesteading journey have a network of nearby family or friends to rely on. What could we do?

We frequented the local farmers market to spend time with like-minded people. It was great to meet a wide variety of farmers who knew how to grow food in this area. We’d previously met a homesteading couple who sold food at the market, but because they were trying to sell their wares, it was a bit awkward to just hang out and chat.

While attending the local Earth Day Fair one year, we met an experienced homesteader, Jim, who was talking about root cellars and chickens. We kicked ourselves later for not getting his contact information. Then, I joined the local Master Gardeners club. Many of the members have a lot of experience growing food in our climate. They continue to be a wonderful resource.

Despite all these outlets, I still suspected there were dozens of homesteaders in our area to meet.

Many readers might now be wondering, “Why not use Facebook or Meetup? There are lots of regional groups for any possible thing you could be interested in.” Well, we’re not into Facebook. And we suspected that many of the people we wanted to meet were even less interested in online friendships than we were.

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