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LH 122: Lessons From A Beginner Homesteader

What it’s like to jump into homesteading for the very first time?

When we’re interested in learning a new skill, the first step is to research and read about it.

But the real learning comes when we roll up our sleeves and start doing that thing that we’re interested in.

Nothing beats the insights and knowledge that come from actually stepping out from behind the research and actually giving it a try.

My guest this week understands that well.

Bev Ross is a long-time listener of this podcast and for years she dreamed of living a homesteading life.

Well earlier this year, she and her family decided to stop dreaming about homesteading and dropped everything to start doing it.

They sold their home, moved across the country and dove head first into growing food, raising chickens and living closer to their food.

But they tried to be smart about it.

They didn’t quit their full time jobs.  They aren’t trying to farm. They tried not to bite off too much at once.

In other words, they’re easing into this lifestyle one step at a time and we chat about what ups and downs she’s experienced so far.

 

You will learn:

  • Why it’s important to do your research on zoning laws before you start
  • Some of the challenges you can face
  • The benefits to your children when homesteading
  • Why record keeping is so key
  • Tips for journaling on the fly
  • The biggest lessons learned so far
  • How this lifestyle is not about pass or fail

Bev Ross:

Bev Ross Bio Photo at LivingHomegrown.com

Bev is an accountant, new homesteader, and now blogger that moved her family from the desert suburbs of Phoenix, to rural Ohio. Working for an environmental consulting firm, she’s always been passionate about the environment and sustainable food, and wanted to live a lifestyle that matched her values and just tasted better.

In June of 2017, with only minor convincing (a woodshop promised to the husband, and baby chicks promised to the kids) they settled on 12 acres in a tiny town of less than 900 people.

Bev and her husband both continue to work for their respective companies from 1,800 miles away, and she shares their homesteading progress on her blog. When she’s not clearing and planting new garden space, chicken tending, finding edibles to forage for in their woods, cooking, planning the next project, or writing about all of it, she dyes fiber and spins yarn.

The proceeds from her blog and small Etsy venture help cover the cost of new farming gear. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram to see what she’s working on now.

 

 

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Ross-Roost – Bev’s blog

Shop Ross-Roost – Bev’s Etsy Shop with fiber and field notebooks

Welcome to the Farm * – recommended book by Shaye Elliot

Transcript:

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.

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