I wanted to set the record straight, right here and right now. I know nothing about Homesteading! My husband and I have a dream. We want to be food indepenant. We want to live simplier lives and be good stewards of the gifts that we have been given. This dream has grown and changed over the years leading us to where we are now, a small homestead. Our dream has been fueled by fellow bloggers, Mother Earth News, YouTube, food sensitivities and a general love for dirt among other things. After growing food, composting, raising chickens, rabbits and fish for the past 3-5 years, I think it is still safe to say we have no idea what we are doing.
I watched a documentory about Market Gardening and the woman said “how do you become an expert at something you only every do, maybe 50 times”. That really resinated with me. Think about it, we are in our 30’s right now, if I grow potatoes for the next 50 years I will have only grown potatoes 50 times. It is said that it takes doing something 30 times for it to become a habit. How many times do you have to do something to become an expert? I am certain that I will never stop learning and I will never be an expert.
Now that we own our dream homestead, everything we are doing is new. Even silly things like planting in the ground… I have never done that. The only successfull gardening I have ever done has been in raised beds. I do not know how to plant seeds in the ground! This year is a perfect example of that inexperience. All of our plants died. I did not know to ask the previous farmer how much fertilizer he put on the field this Spring. Who would know to ask that, it was just field grass. Well, weeks before we took over the property, he put the strongest fertilizer you can buy on the land and killed all my seedlings. I just thought, “wow, you are really bad at this planting in the ground stuff”.
Currently, we have 46 chickens and 7 ducks. I have never owned this many chickens. I honestly have no idea what I am doing. We have read all the books, gone to workshops, researched online, but when it comes down to it, we have never done this before. At this point I am just praying we do not get the bird flu and lose all our birds.
Within 3 weeks of closing on the farm, I decided it was the perfect time to get baby goats. We have never owned baby goats, we had no structure to keep them in and no fences, we obviously needed goats. I know nothing about goats, this is a fly by the seat of your pants, learn as you go operation. With a lot of hard work from my husband, I can now say the goats have a great run in building and a fenced in yard. Currently are doing very well, but I have no idea what winter will bring.
Before closing on the farm, I contacted a pig breeder, because what you really need when you move to a farm with no buildings and no fences and no idea what you are doing, is pigs. The pigs arrived a month after the goats and here it is 1120 at night and I am up researching how to raise pigs. They are currently 5 months old, some people would have tried to figure things old before they bought them, but I am a fly by the seat of your pants kind of girl.
So consider this your warning. If you are coming here for experience and absolute education, this is not the site for you. If you would like to come along side my family as we learn, please take my hand and we can jump in together.
You are funny. None of us really know what we are doing. The best we can for for is to understand what we have already done. You are not alone:)