Homesteading isn’t easy. Going to the store, getting your groceries delivered, picking up dinner every night. That’s easy. Homesteading is dirty fingernails. Tons of dishes and constantly have another project to work on. It wears you down, sometimes causes you to fail, lose a crop, or even hundreds of dollars or chickens. Have I convinced you to become a homesteader yet? I know I haven’t been too persuasive just yet but keep reading, because I truly believe that you should become a homesteader!
When you become a homesteader you quickly learn what eating healthy truly means. You learn that homemade food bought from the grocery store is good but backyard eggs and homegrown veggies are better. You know exactly what was sprayed on those food (or wasn’t sprayed) you know how they were grown, what water was used and exactly when they were picked. Becoming a homesteader helps you get in touch with food, and with that connection you become excellent at determining what is truly healthy and what isn’t.
As a homesteader you learn to take risks. Risks on the big and the little. Take a risk on chickens even when you’ve never grown them before. Trying out growing spinach even when you’ve never done it before. Taking a risk on selling produce for the first time. If I’ve learned anything from homesteading it’s that the best way to excel is to be willing to take a risk. Your plants will probably die at some point in time. Your chickens will get attacked by some strange twist of fate. You will find an animal passed away from time to time but you keep trying. You learn from your mistakes and misfortunes and keep going. Homesteading is a huge risk but as you grow so will the reward!
Homesteading is also beneficial because it teaches you to work hard. I’ve never truly realized the value of hard work until becoming a homesteader. I have learned to truly enjoy waking up early and getting to work within minutes of jumping out of bed. I’ve learned that late nights don’t help me get the job done but early mornings do.
We recently planted our fall garden here on the homestead and man o man was that some hard work. 50 bulbs planted. 40 spinach seeds in the ground. 2 green bean plants. 16 cabbage. A dozen greens and bunches of kale. This wasn’t easy to get done. We live in Florida after all, and it was hot, hard work. But y’all, it is so worth it! I get to see the fruits of my labor as the baby veggies grow roots and grow big, beautiful leaves. I get to enjoy knowing that my hard work directly provides for the heath and well-being of my family.
So why should you homestead? Homesteading means a million different things to a million different people but I believe that you should learn and try homesteading. While it may not mean the same things to you as it does to me, homesteading will undoubtedly make a positive influence in your life.