Broadly defined, homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale.
So are we farming or homesteading ??? and what is exactly is our focus here????
|Shylo... sweet girl that I love... but will she work out on our homestead???|
Well, homesteading is anything but simple,,, but we made it worse by trying to turn our homestead into a working farm! Which was not our goal...our goal had not changed...yet we lost our focus and now its more work to get back on track!
Self sufficiency gets lost when trying to 'make a living' off certain 'crops' and they become the focus.
Example: You grow your herd of cows to make more money off them at market to pay all your bills... that leaves you no time to garden & preserve all your veggies for the year... so then you must take money from your cattle sells to then buy your veggies.. adding yet another bill! and losing the self sufficientcy of having your own veggies.. back to depending on other famers or the grocery store...
And there's nothing at all wrong with that!!! we need farmers like this...
Because not everyone wants to be a subsistance homesteader.... you may only like to have one crop on your farm! you may hate raising animals... you may hate to garden...
But if you want to 'have it all' it must be done in moderation. I learned this the hard way this year.
In trying to grow my goat herds to a very large scale and have 3 separate goat herds(Nigerians, Dairy goats for our dairy needs and breeding kids for others and Meat goats for market)
Because of all this I did not have time to garden properly.. and with this being a very hard year on the garden it really really needed much more attention than I could give it because with goats being difficult to raise all my focus was on them.
Yes, I did make more money from goat sales ... but I will have to take that money and buy veggies because I didn't garden as well... which I do NOT like!
Made me realize, I do not want a goat farm, I want my homestead!
|Last year at this time I had BUSHELS of veggies! This year... not so much :-(|
And in between ALL this work and figuring out and re-figuring out... don't forget to have fun... living the homestead life is vastly different from what most people 'think' it will be. Its so much work.... remember to have time for things you enjoy. Its alot harder than you may think once you start this lifestyle. I think I almost forgot to have fun last year!
|Sheep, an animal I NEVER thought I would have on my homestead! Yet, here they are and I love them.. will they work out??? Stay tuned to find out :-) But so far so good!|
And last but not lest... PRAY! about everything!
and have faith that He will help you work out the path you're to be on... realizing it may not be the path you had wanted to begin with!
That applies to ANY lifestyle you have choose!
Without Faith and Trust in the Lord I know I could not do anything this hard!
and alittle help from my husband, The Bald Man :-)
Have a Lovely Sunday!