Our Homestead

Despite the difficulty at the moment (in the world and with my anxiety), I am realizing how much I am finally being able to live my dream.  Homeschooling, homesteading, living at an amazing Christian camp, adventuring with my family, learning who I am and who I want to be, and more!  We live a Wild + Free lifestyle as a family and I’m once again being who I want to be… a “granola/crunchy” mama!

Kitchen towels

These are different ways that we are homesteading in our family:

Gardening

Currently we just don’t have time or energy to contribute to building a large garden… in our yard or with the community (they are doing a large community garden). I actually paid for half of the plants and seeds for our neighbor’s garden, and I’m doing some work also (we both are). In there we planted pole beans, okra, cucumber, jalapeños, lots of tomato plants, oregano, Thai basil, rosemary, and he has volunteer mint and cilantro.

Then on our back patio I planted yellow squash, lettuce orange and green zucchini, potatoes, rosemary, basil, and cilantro. Those are just in containers.

Backyard Chickens 

I have wanted to get chickens again for a long time (we have had them before, twice). We ended up buying chicks from Tractor Supply at the beginning of March.  We took care of them from a week old and now they are growing up a bunch!  We have 11!

We had two ducks but they got taken by some prey.  It was super sad :-/.  Maybe one day we’ll get more.  Until then, we are enjoying our chickens.  

Chicken and duck coop and pin

We love our birds!

Homemade Things

This isn’t really new, but I’m adding to the things that I make homemade and trying new things. And I’m sticking to old favorites.

  • Greek honey vanilla yogurt
  • Granola and bars
  • Sourdough and regular whole wheat bread using freshly ground flour 
  • Most dinners (see the recipes page for a lot of my recipes)
  • Muffins, pancakes, waffles
  • Lara bars
  • Stove top popcorn
  • Whole wheat crackers (sometimes)
  • Tortillas (sometimes)
  • Salsa 
  • Tomato sauce
  • Elderberry syrup and gummies
  • Laundry detergent (liquid and dry, sometimes)
  • Soy candles with essential oils
  • Some cleaners (I do prefer a few store bought natural cleaners)
  • Deodorant (sometimes, other times I buy Native or Schmidts)
  • Cucumbers/pickles
  • Carrots
  • Brined and roasted nuts and seeds

Shop Local

I buy food from lots of local sources including the Farmer’s Market, a health food store that my friend owns (including eating at the deli that’s inside), my friend who sells grass fed beef, and I often buy raw milk from a local dairy farm.  It’s super important to me to support local farms and businesses and the food is tastier and better for us!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We are trying to be better about this.  We are utilizing different methods to make this happen.  

We are recycling.  

Recycle

We are composting.  Well, I say composting.  Not really.  We give all scraps to our birds!  

Compost bucket

We started reusing jars and containers.  It’s pretty funny to open up a sour cream container and find leftovers.  Haha.  We can’t recycle glass in our town (so silly to me), so I try to find ways to reuse glass containers!

 

I will continue growing our homestead.  I have been working towards this for quite a while.  I’m excited about things to come!