It's you isn't it, you've chucked in the job and moved to the country. Whether it was a joint decision or you were dragged by your ponytail kicking and screaming, the point is you're there and it is your homestead.
Once the initial joy (or shock) wears off, you'll find yourself asking the question. How are we going to make money from this place. Sure you could try and 'live off the land' growing your own fruit and veg, have a few chickens and maybe even get a milk cow. Heck if you married Davy Crockett, he can go out a huntin' and bring back a coon for you to skin and cook into a mighty fine stew.
<insert a scratching record sound here>
Okay, calm down forget about skinning that raccoon. Just stick with your vegetable garden, orchard and non-rowdy farmyard animals.
How Homesteaders Make Money
Even if this sounds like an idealistic lifestyle, you still have to have money, I mean chocolate doesn't grow on trees does it? Okay, technically it does, but growing that just to feed a midnight chocolate craving might just be too much for an upended urbanite.
Many small farmers often need to earn money outside farming activities in order to make ends meet. This results in the best of both worlds, a income and a better lifestyle for their families. So let's look at other ways to make extra cash to add to the homestead kitty, whilst still retaining a reasonable quality of life and a little bit of sanity.
According to those flashing ads you see in the sidebars of many webpages, you could make a whopping $56,000 in one week from your kitchen table, who knew it could be so easy! I guess that problem is solved.
Just in case that doesn't pan out though, it's good to have a back-up plan.
Create a Homestead Blog
Here's an example.
Let's say you're baking a cake and plan to put the recipe, and accompanying video, on your farming blog. The cake comes out lopsided because your husband hasn't fix the oven, even though you've gently reminded him 4,000 times. Yup, there is a definite lean to it, which if this had been in the center of Italy, tourists would pay to see it. Alas no one is going to pay to see your wonky cake, or are they?
This mishap of a misshapened cake is not a disaster, it's an opportunity. You can explain to your blogging audience there are choices of how to proceed.
- 1. Cut off the high side and eat it. (My personal choice)
- 2. Pile on the frosting on the low side until it's level.
- 3. Feed it to the chickens
Listen Sister, don't kick yourself, your readers love problem solvers and clever life hacks such as this. You're showing them you can think on your feet, and also that you aren't perfect and you're okay with that.
Homestead blogging topics
Your topics could include:
- Gardening tips
- Recipes incorporating home grown vegetables
- Raising and home schooling children
- Rearing farm animals
- Dealing with farm related bureaucracy
- Adjusting to life on the farm
- Ways to make money from your homestead
- Farm crafts
If the expensive tweezers which once, plucked your eyebrows into a perfect curve are now used to yank ticks from the dog's ears, don't sigh and feel sad. Rejoice in the fact that you are using the tools you've got and making it work for the betterment of your small farm. Don't worry if you've got enough dirt under your fingernails to plant spuds and you can't remember the last time you shaved your legs, you're there and you're going for it. Your readers see you as a modern day pioneer and are cheering you on.
How do I know this? Because I am a homestead honey too and I say, go out and show them what you've got, warts and all. (That's just a figure of speech, no one likes to see warts.)