Feeling like you can’t move forward without your dream homestead property? Start homesteading without living on a Homestead by learning new skills, becoming an expert researcher, and preparing for your future, right now!
The Calling to Self-Sufficiency
I did not realize I had a desire to own land, livestock or a homestead; It was not the way I grew up and it definitely wasn’t a common dream amongst my peers. I grew up with a small garden in our suburban backyard and looked forward to having my own little yard and garden someday. But when the world was turned upside down in 2020, becoming more self-sufficient and less reliant on the mainstream comforts of modern life became top priority. But, I was living in an apartment with no way to grow a garden, raise any of my own food, or homestead…
How to Start Preparing for your Homestead Dream Today
I like to say my homesteading journey started back in that apartment in the middle of the city. I spent those few years absorbing whatever information I could get my hands on about self-sufficiency and gardening. Homesteading YouTube channels taught me so much of what I would need to know when I was actually able to buy my own piece of dirt. Some of the best info I found on YouTube was from Jess at Roots and Refuge, Sarah and Kevin from Living Traditions Homestead, and Jessica from Three Rivers Homestead. I have been watching these channels for years and still find them to have some of the most relevant and valuable homesteading information on YouTube today!
Start Homesteading with Cooking and Food Storage
I also spent a lot of time learning to cook from scratch. I have always loved cooking and being creative with food. But, I didn’t realize how much I relied on premade and packaged convenience items. With all the fear floating around before the major shutdowns in the early months of 2020, I bought whatever pantry staples I could get my hands on (of what little was even left on the shelves at that point).
As those quarantine days turned into weeks, and those weeks turned into months, those pantry items sat on my shelves. I realized I had never cooked dried beans before nor had I ever used a packet of yeast. It was time to get creative and avoid letting those items go to waste. I learned how to soak beans for faster cooking times, how to make delicious rolls with those yeast packets, and I tried more baked good recipes than I ever had before.
With homesteading goals always in the back of my mind, food storage was top priority. I learned about how to store foods properly for maximum shelf life. What items stored best in the freezer, refrigerator, or in a dark and cool pantry. I learned that having my pantry stocked with staple ingredients was not only responsible in case items became unavailable at the store when I needed them, but was a great way to save time and money because I had everything I needed at home already when I got that late night chocolate chip cookie craving.
Start Homesteading by Growing your own Food
I spent years wanting nothing more than my own property to get my hands in the dirt and start growing. I truly believed I couldn’t start homesteading without a homestead. But, I researched where our food came from, how it’s made, and how it’s grown. The fire was officially lit inside me to do what I could and grow as much of my own food as I was possibly able. I prepared as best I could for where I was at in my life at that time.
I learned about starting seedlings at home and what supplies I would need to successfully grow my own garden. Handwritten lists of varieties to grow found themselves all over my home. Check out my post about how to start seedlings indoors for more information. I read about keeping backyard chickens and which breeds were best for egg production. Shopping at the local farmers market became a habit and I ate the foods that were in season. I talked to anyone and everyone that would listen about my dream to live a self-sufficient life. I did everything I could to prepare for when that day would finally come and I would own my very first piece of land!
This is all meant to encourage you to appreciate where you are at in your homesteading, gardening, or self-sufficiency journey. Some days, it will feel impossible to believe that you will ever get to start homesteading on an actual homestead. But, don’t waste your time just waiting. Start now!
How to Start Homesteading Without a Homestead
- Grow some herbs in a pot in the window.
- Become an expert researcher on the topic that you are passionate about.
- Visit your local farmer’s market and start cooking with seasonal produce. Learn how to preserve what is in season by freezing, dehydrating, or canning.
- Talk to family members with experience or others who are currently living the lifestyle you want to live. Listen to their experiences. Facebook groups can be wonderful resources from people in your local area and beyond.
- Try your hand at a new skill like sewing or candle making. You can find how-to videos on almost anything on YouTube.
- DIY or build something and learn how to use basic tools.
There are endless ways to grow your skill set and prepare yourself for the life you want to live. You will be so glad that you spent this time learning these skills now so you can maximize your time and resources later on. Comparing your journey to others is the easiest way to bog yourself down. You have probably heard the saying by Desmond Tutu, “There is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time.” It means even the most daunting of tasks can be accomplished if you break it down, and only worry about the single “bite” that is in front of you right now. So don’t wait! Start today, make a list of a few items you can do right now, right where you are, today!
More Resources on Homesteading
Azure Standard is a fantastic resources for high quality bulk food and other products. If you are interested, read through my post on how Azure Standard works. This is a great place to find items in bulk quantities to start stocking your pantry.
I hope you enjoyed this peek into Life at Metzger Acres.