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Return to Nature: 4 Crucial Tips for A Modern-Day Homesteader

Posted by Guest on Thu, Feb 9, 2017

This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. 

If you are new to the term "homesteading" but are intrigued by this movement, the first thing to know is that you don't have to change your whole life to begin homesteading. Homesteading is simply about building a life that feels more self-sufficient, as Rodale's Organic Life points out. These four tips can help you begin your homesteading adventure.

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Start With One Project At A Time

The most common reason why people get discouraged with homesteading is that they try to do it all starting on day one. For instance, if you live in a small apartment, it probably won't work to raise chickens so you can eat fresh organic eggs. However, you could start your own organic window box herb garden with supplies from places like Central Farm and Garden. That is definitely a great way to get a good start on your gardening skills. Just start with what you can easily do in the space you live in now and enjoy the small blessings of homesteading.

Support Local Farmers

You may live in the city now, but as Wellness Mama outlines, in many places today, the farms that supply your local grocer are located closer to you than you may think. So why not pay them a visit? Buying from the source feels great and helps you learn more about homesteading at the same time.

Try That Thing You Think You Can't Do

Homesteaders must first and foremost have a sense of adventure. Whether it is making cheese or candles, learning about hydroponic gardening, keeping things organic with all-natural pest control or feeding your animals natural alfalfa hay, if you can dream it, chances are good you can learn to do it.

Connect With Other Homesteaders

Homesteading is a movement and a lifestyle choice. But unless you seek them out, you may not ever realize how many other closet homesteaders are living right around you! When you homestead together with other enthusiasts, you can share and barter, which is another rewarding facet of homesteading. For example, one person may make delicious canned jams while another has a few chickens that produce lots of fresh eggs and still another is growing organic produce in the backyard.

By taking your homesteading adventure one small step at a time, adding new activities that appeal and connecting with other enthusiasts, you will soon discover that the modern-day homesteader is alive and well in you!

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Author Bio: Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys Tennis and spending time with her family. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Topics: first time home owner, first time home buyer, AmeriFirst guest blog

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