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Recently, I was interviewed by The Rural Economist about our homestead. Most of the questions bounced between homesteading and prepping. I have found our family dangling in the balance between the two. I think that we lean more towards the homesteader name tag than the prepper name tag. This has really got me
having an identity crisis thinking about what and where we are, what we are doing, and what our end goal is.
Let me tell you what these two name tags mean in my mind. I know that the definitions vary from person to person and rightly so as we are all unique and have different situations in life. The definitions also will change and morph over time within each person as they grow and learn throughout life.
Homesteading in the simplest terms means this to me: Living a simple life, producing everything you can for yourself, and living as close the earth that God created as possible. Prepping in the simplest terms means this to me: Being prepared for anything; emergency or not. Having enough food and supplies stocked to be able to take care of your family.
Where are we and what are we doing right now?
The quick answer to this, is that we are closer to our goal than we were, but not where we want to be yet. The long answer goes more like this: We have come so far and I am very proud of all that we have and have accomplished and learned. We have been nothing short of blessed to get where we are.
We are raising a lot of our own food: Eggs, chickens for meat, pigs for meat, family milk cow (will eventually produce our own beef via bull calves), and of course our garden. We also have a broad skill set between Farmer Derek and I, we are teaching these skills to the farm kids as well. We are also able to build and make most of the items we need on our homestead. This sums up the where we are at this point in our homesteading journey.
As far as prepping goes, we have canned goods from our garden and chicken in the freezer from our two rounds of meat birds this year. We also buy coconut oil and demerara sugar in bulk. We are running low and will need to order more soon. We do not have a large food store set aside at this point. We do have enough food on hand that we could definitely get by in a situation where we couldn’t get to the grocery store. We do not have a water supply set aside either and that is definitely something we need to work on.
Our family goal in this.
I guess this brings us to our end goal. What is our vision in this homesteading/prepping lifestyle? For us, we are not sitting around waiting on a zombie apocalypse. I’m not saying that I don’t think that a major social breakdown can or will occur, I’m just saying that is not our focus for all of this.
Our number one goal is to raise all of our foods so that we can provide our family with the healthiest, highest quality food as possible. That has been our desire from the start of our journey. We would love to raise our own beef and would like to get bees. Adding those two items would enable us to eliminate any outside source for meat and sugar.
I would love to have enough property to grow our own ancient wheat for us and grains for our animals. I at least would like to grow enough non-gmo, heirloom corn to use as a wheat substitute if we can’t grow wheat. A clean water source on my own property would be ideal. I would also love to have a gravity fed water filtration system set up for our drinking water. Being able to supply and produce 100% of our own food would be the ultimate (and amazing) goal.
As far as within our home and homestead I want to have a wood cook stove to supply heat for my home along with an off-grid cooking source. I would love to have my home set up to be fully functioning in an off-grid situation. Some solar panels would be fantastic.
All in all, our goal would be to have a prepared homestead that wouldn’t feel a hiccough or be thrown off track in any way no matter what we encounter in life. What are your goals? Do you see yourself as a homesteader, a prepper, or both?
Answer to my identity: A Prepared Homestead!
Here is a video I did on my thoughts on this issue:
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