The Road To Urban Homesteading

Hey everyone! I wanted to share with you all the adventure that we have decided to go on.  My husband and I have had this dream of buying land and creating our own homestead.

Now before you get scared I really need to disclose that while my husband grew up mostly in the country, I am a city girl. I grew up in Palm Springs, Ca. We moved to Missouri almost 16 years ago when our daughter was 2 years old. We struggled to make ends meet in California. My husband was working two jobs and I was working as well. We lived in a house that was owned by a relative and we weren’t paying any rent, just utilities and we were still struggling. We had massive debt from credit cards. We were a young couple who had no clue what we were doing or how to budget. We ended up having to declare bankruptcy when I was 21. I know YIKES right?! After the bankruptcy, we decided we needed a change. We wanted a better life for us and our daughter so we decided to move to Missouri. Most of my husbands family lived here so we weren’t doing it completely alone.

We have built up a nice little life for ourselves and we were able to finally buy a home in town. We have been in our home for almost 13 years. ( WOW! That is very weird to say that. It really doesn’t seem like that long. )We have made a lot of improvements to our house over the last few years. My husband bought a greenhouse last year and he has raised garden beds in the back yard.  Since we live in town we do not have a ton of space to grow produce.

I will be completely honest with you when my husband first starting talking years ago about a homestead and a more self-sustainable life I was totally freaked out. I had this image in my head of no electricity and having to haul water for miles. The whole thing seemed really difficult and time-consuming. I have been doing some research and realized that there are a ton of different ways to make a more sustainable life. While we aren’t able to buy 5 acres of land right now there is something that we can do right now.  We can start having a more sustainable life right where we are. It might not be on a large scale but we can grow produce and raise a small bunch of chickens.

So that is where we are. You, my dear reader, are here to follow me on this journey of learning how to live a more sustainable life. I am sure we are going to make mistakes and I have a lot to learn. (Remember I’m a city girl, I pretty much know nothing.) I love to learn and organize so I started my master list of things I needed to learn, things I need to get, new recipes for a healthier lifestyle, and ways to make a side profit while living the urban homestead life. If you are looking for a great list of things to help you on your homestead journey I recommend starting at Homesteading.com where you can find 145 skills every homesteader should know. Or here at Imperfectlyhappy.com I came across both these sites on Pinterest and found them both to be very informative and useful.

My first goal to learn is how to store produce. Since it is still winter here and we aren’t growing anything yet I thought it was a good idea to learn how to make it keep for a longer amount of time. I plan on getting these canning tools to make the job a little easier.  We are going to Baker Creek in Mansfield, Mo. next weekend to get our seeds for this year. I always feel like I have stepped back to a different era when we visit and I love it. They have an online store too but we like to go there since we are able to.

I am really excited to start this journey. Hopefully, I will be able to provide you with some useful information for your own journey.

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