Starting this blog feels weird. As one of millions of my fellow bloggers, I feel a bit exposed an under qualified. I don’t want to give the impression that I would have special knowledge, the “411”; nor am I qualified to handle homesteading emergencies as in the “911” … but it sometimes feel like emergencies are all we have here at the farm.
I decided what information I have gleaned from experts, fellow farmers, and just plain ol’ trial and error about farming and animal husbandry I would place in Homestead411 because it is all new information to me. The blogging format allows me to tell stories as well as share insight … even if it is only for an audience of one.
We arrived in 2005 from a city of lights to a rural community in Oregon. I was a city girl through and through, with a mission to grow my own food and raise my own livestock. I cannot say that I have succeeded … yet, but I will continue to build knowledge and skill to be fully independent. The above photo was taken last year of our farm products. I could not believe the diversity of products and it baffles me still.
To think that in my previous life had skyscrapers of glass and stone:
To skyscrapers of Nature:
Although life can get lonely here, I prefer the greener skyscrapers. There are still plenty of activities and animals to keep me busy, not to mention raising four daughters. Today is only an introduction. The following blogs will have real hands on, step-by-step canning, farming, bee-keeping information, as well as seed preservation and land management.
I look forward to hearing from other homesteaders and city people – if you care to respond.
Enjoy the land and the fruits of your labor!