This week, I’ve been thinking lots about how vital and beneficial it is in the homesteading world to have a support community. Our little homesteading community of friends and neighbors that homestead, along with our online friends, are an incredible support that I believe is vital to the homesteading world. We share tips and tricks for doing things easier and cheaper, processes for different aspects of homesteading such as food preservation, and we work in teams when it comes to preparing, repairing and maintaining our do-it-yourself lifestyles.
Every time we’re with some of our homesteading cohorts, inevitably, topics come up, along with discussion on how-to’s, saving money and saving time. Without these resources, I’m quite confident that we’d be much further behind than we are today in terms of our ability to support and care for ourselves independent of the technology that is so prevalent today.
For instance, earlier, Lance from Healthy Wealthy Income shared with our readers about his 6 month storage system for food and water. Lance has decades of experience in this area and is a terrific resource for hard questions about food storage. As a follow-up post, I’ll be writing next week on specifics on food storage.
Also, thanks to Jayleen at How Do the Joneses Do it?, we learned how to preserve the pumpkins that we bought for the kids this fall. We now have several bags of pumpkin puree in our freezer that we produced ourselves, ready to make homemade pumpkin pie, pumpkin bars and the like. Without Jayleen’s post, we likely would not have attempted this feat.
Community is a vital part of the homesteading world. We learned in our first year here just how incredibly hard it is to produce and preserve your own food, to chop your own wood for heating, to line dry your clothes, and so on and so forth. I remember laying next to the garden one day that first summer, crying (literally) out to the Lord that I just couldn’t do “this” anymore. I was exhausted from weeding our large garden, and we’d spent the prior few weeks cleaning up after a nasty storm hit our area and took down several trees on our property. I was beat. The Lord, in his still, small voice, spoke comfortingly to me that one day I’d be glad for all of this work, and that our family is learning to be self-sufficient.
I couldn’t see it then, but looking back, He was right. It’s still exhaustingly hard work, but I’m so grateful that our family has the skills we need to make it on our own if we need to. Don’t misunderstand, we’ve got LOTS to learn yet, but we’re on our way. If we had to, we could make it at least a couple of months without buying any food. We have plenty of wood chopped in which to heat our home, even if the wood stove isn’t hooked up yet. 😉
Homesteading is every bit as hard as you’d think it would be. But for us, it’s worth the peace of mind we have, knowing we have prepared and that we are preparing for the things that may come that prohibit us from depending on stores and energy companies.