Modern Homesteading, Rural Living and Self-Reliance – Where to Start

| 5/29/2013 3:14:00 PM

Tags: rural living, self-reliance, city to country, Victoria Gazeley,

rustic front door and porchI love what I do – working from home, growing some of our own food, and connecting with folks around the world who are either just planning or just embarking on their journey towards rural living and/or increased self-reliance.

These are ‘out of the box’ people who live outside the status quo.  They don’t take ‘common knowledge’ for granted, and have a definite vision for where they want to be and how they want to live.  In a way, big or small, they are being called to a way of life where they have some control over their food supply, of what influences their children are exposed to, and their day to day living.  Some work for themselves, some are employed, and some are in transition.  But the one thing they have in common is the desire to be more self-reliant, and to live in a way where they are less dependent on the industrial food system and in a whole lot of cases, the consumer culture in general.

Where they get tripped up a lot of the time is this big question:


‘How do I get started?'

I received an email recently from a young woman who dreams about living in the country, but was feeling overwhelmed by all the books, magazines, and websites full of all sorts of opinions and projects she felt like she needed to tackle all at once.  She didn’t know where to start, especially as a single person with a young child.  Challenging?  Absolutely.

For me, ‘starting’ was a very looooooong process.  It began back in the late 90s and ended with our eventual move in 2008.  Well, ‘ended’ is a relative term – it never really ends.   The learning is constant, but that move to a rural property is a HUGE step, and is the culmination of a whole lot of work and study.  Even though I didn't have all our ducks in a row right away (or, um, still), it was such a relief.  I felt more prepared just by getting some space to grow food.

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