What is homesteading? When I first pictured a homesteader it was a family that moved to a new plot of ground. They built homes, barns, chicken coops, plowed fields, drilled wells, and planted crops. This was a lot of work especially because most of the homesteaders or pioneers didn’t have the equipment and tools that we are lucky enough to have today.
A modern-day homesteader can have a different definition depending on the person. Regardless, we know we become a homesteader, not because of the money you may or may not make, but because of the way of life. The love of learning new things and becoming self-sufficient, and the satisfaction of knowing you can do it.
We live on a farm/ranch in Idaho. We bought 167 acres with a pivot in the dead of winter. When the snow melted in the spring we had rocky soil in some areas and deep beautiful soil in other areas. A pivot that needed a lot of work. Ground that was neglected, weedy and depleted. But it was ours and we were ready to go to work.
We fixed the pivot, plowed and planted the fields, built a house and shop, planted over 700 trees for a windbreak (because yes it can be windy in Idaho), planted a garden and a yard and other things to set up our farm. This makes me tired thinking about it. We started all of this 10 years ago. We are still in the process of building corrals and fencing the entire property. We raise dairy hay and we are in the process of expanding with cows.
I have my own little corner of the farm where I raise goats, chickens, a few sheep, alpaca’s, horses, mules, donkeys, a pony, 2 cats, and 2 faithful dogs. But most important I enjoy it with my family and friends who like to come and visit.
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