Will a Pandemic Bring Us Closer to Home(steading)?


Couple at their Homestead

As we embark another week of staying home during the Pandemic of 2020, I want to ask a question. Not just of you, the reader, but of myself. It’s a question I’ve heard asked in various ways as people explore how it this pandemic has impacted us as individuals and as a global society. 

But I want to ask it of you, a MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader, and me — an aspiring homesteader.

What do you want to take with you from this experience?

Asked differently, what changes have you been forced to make during this challenging time that you actually think might be good for you in the long run? What will your “new normal” look like after restrictions are lifted and you can choose how you want to live your life again?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot over the past few weeks. 

Because we both have jobs outside of the home, my husband and I often dream about what it will be like when we can retire (or partially retire) and spend more time on our 3-acre homestead.  With our work schedules, our kids are either in school or at an after-school program most days, even though we bought this property with dreams and visions of them exploring the woods and fields.  We’re part-time homesteaders and we haven’t figured out a way to change that yet.

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