This is a place for people to add their homesteading stories, dreams and advice.

Join us – share your story/ideas and advice (in the comments section below) with others who want to be involved in homesteading.

And here is some great friends homesteading sites really worth visiting:

Haven Homestead

Longbourn Farm

5 thoughts on “Stories

  • December 26, 2015 at 7:52 am
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    I am going to start off the story page with my own….

    My name is Gaz Lewis and I live with my wife Jen and two smallest children in southern rural Maine. I grew up and studied in Sydney Australia, and have lived in the USA for around 12 years – and in 2015 I became a US citizen (quite an amazing life experience). My childhood was in suburbia and I had limited exposure to farming and homesteading but was always loved family holidays into the countryside. Jen grew up in southern Maine and spent a lot of her teenage years around horse barns and learning how to ride. She certainly would not describe her childhood as being ‘on a farm or homestead’. So we came into this lifestyle as ‘newbies’. 🙂

    In 2005 Jen and I bought our first homestead property which was located in Colorado. It was a house on 5 acres of weeds. We spent the next three years clearing the weeds, building fences and a wonderful pole barn and learning how to homestead in the high desert plains. It was tough – the lack of water and nasty weeds (Goat heads) drove us insane…but we did our best with chickens and keeping our horses healthy and happy. During that time I learned building skills, horsemanship, fencing, plumbing, electrics, biological control of weeds, water rights and so much more. I also learned a whole pile of life lessons that I knew one day I would want to share for those following me in the homestead journey.

    I did all this while continuing to work a standard ‘off farm’ job.

    In 2009 we made the decision to sell and move to Maine. Our second child (Oliver) was due in 2010 and my job had me involved in a lot of travel. We decided we needed to be closer to family support. I will tell you more about my jobs and how I learned to work from home etc coming in a later newsletter – there are some great lessons in that alone!

    So off to Maine we moved and lived in a rented apartment for three years waiting for our farm in Colorado to sell and search for a suitable place in Maine. In February 2012 we found it – a beautiful 12 acres right near Jen’s family with a run down house and small barn at the right price. We named the farm “Murramarang” after our favorite National Park in Australia. It is an Australian Aboriginal name which has lost its meaning to time.

    Since then we have been working on building up our homestead life on Murramarang. We worked on getting the little house ready for our family. We fixed the barn. We have been putting in fences, gardens and more. We build a great chicken house and run. And we have thoroughly enjoyed the process – although at times it was hard work and frustrating. But with each day we could see some small progress – and small slow progress gets you wonderful homesteading results.

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  • January 6, 2016 at 1:08 pm
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    My name is Alli Kelley and our little farm is on 5 acres in Northern Utah. I have always loved animals and the outdoors even though it wasn’t something anyone else in my family had a passion for. I successfully convinced my mother to let me take riding lessons at age 8 and rode jump horses and worked at various barns riding, teaching, and cleaning stalls until I graduated high school. I again pursued my passion with animals and agriculture at college where I earned a BS in Animal, Dairy, and Vet Science and a MS in Animal Nutrition. We bought our run-down little property 3 years ago have been working on rehabbing it ever since. We actually purchased our property while I was still in school – I just couldn’t wait any longer for a small farm of my own! Everything needs repairs, especially the neglected land. So that has been our focus for the last while and will probably continue to be our focus for the time being.

    I often get strange looks at the feed and seed store because of some of my crazy ideas, and I’m used to hearing “that will never work!” But I’ve become quite good at applying what I learned in school on a small-scale level to make my farm more cost efficient and productive. And sometimes this results in eye-rolls and doubt, but there’s more than one way to skin a cat, right? 🙂

    I am currently a nutritionist and product specialist for a canine supplement company but my real passion lies in my own farm and documenting our journey there and relaying my knowledge of animal science through my website Longbourn Farm (linked above). I agree with Gaz, it is hard work and it can be real frustrating at times. But when things work out and you see progress, nothing feels better. Even if you do have poop splattered across your pants or mud in your hair half the time – ha!

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    • January 10, 2016 at 6:56 am
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      Thanks Alli – a fellow science person! A little poop never hurt a homesteader 🙂

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  • July 13, 2016 at 2:04 pm
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    Wow! Both these stories are inspiring. I just found this website and I love it! My husband and I live in Los Angeles and have been throwing around the idea of moving out of the city (and probably state) to start our own homestead. We want to live and raise a family away from the busy, cramped city life. We want to actually see the stars in the night sky! Even though we do love the city and its many conveniences… I look forward to new posts here and any and all info on getting started on the homestead journey!

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    • July 13, 2016 at 2:07 pm
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      Thanks Rachel….I hear exactly what you are saying, and that is what we did. Our sky at night is stunning. Our kids can run around acres of land. And yet in 40 mins we are in a small city and in 2 hrs we can be in Boston. It is perfect! Good luck on your journey and I hope we can inspire you to ‘live the dream’.

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