Homesteading today has different challenges than in the 1800’s. However, technology has made it easy to get confused about what information to believe and still grow nutrient rich and Healthy food. Food that not only provides nutrition but also protects the Earth we live on.
Back in the 1800’s the earliest settlers in America made their way from the bustling East to golden opportunities out West. The safest way for pioneers to navigate the tough terrain to the West was the wagon train. These wagon trains crisscrossed the Old West on trails — some of the most famous being: The Overland, Santa Fe, Chisholm and Oregon Trails. Read more »
Homesteading brings to mind visions of an abundant life full of nature, animals, family, and many new friends and neighbors. A simple life that also challenges your ability to adapt, observe nature and learn how to live in an environment full of challenges. A simple life that takes a lot of work, while at the same time, providing many great benefits.
Some of the benefits of homesteading are as follows:
- Great exercise, no need to go to a gym to workout
- Learning from nature by observing who and what lives on your property
- Discovering what food already grows on the land that you can share with the animals that already live there.
- Connecting with the earth as you create your vegetable garden
- Discovering the abilities that you have to overcome challenges
- The “on the job training” that gives you knowledge, skills and a great home
- The Joy of waking up to a beautiful sunrise knowing that This Day is a Present
- Closer family relationships
- Mechanical skills are honed and acquired
- Animal husbandry skills are learned and applied
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Sustainable Homes and permaculture principles go hand in hand. As many people are looking to sustainability and the environment for a more peaceful life, Permaculture (permanent culture) principles simplify the creation of a sustainable home. Many people are looking at specific parts of permaculture for their homestead or their urban home.
Living off of the grid to keep from losing their electricity during a storm or other outage is another aspect of a sustainable home. A Sustainable home is what you make it. Using permaculture principles makes that life easier to maintain once it is set up.
What are some of the permaculture principles?
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We are preparing the farm for winter. In Colorado at 8,600 feet elevation, winter can come early and unexpectedly. It is a COLD hard fact. As we are preparing to move up to the farm in a 5th wheel trailer, it was time to keep the trailer ready for the snow, relentless wind to prevent the water tanks from freezing.
40 Acre farm View to the west
As you can see, the farm is very open to the elements
The neighbors come by to inspect the progress. They approved! Read more »
Permaculture Principles, Share the surplus or limit consumption? The definition by some practitioners of permaculture state 3 principles, they are usually stated as Care for the Earth, the People and the Future. But according to www.belili.org, some also express caring for the future as sharing the surplus, limiting consumption or re-invest the surplus. You can find out more about their movie and their passion by going to their website, http://belili.org/permaculture/Permaculture_GrowingEdge.html
The movie, Permaculture: The Growing Edge is an antidote to environmental despair, a hopeful and practical look at a path to a viable, flourishing future. The film introduces us to inspiring examples of projects, and includes a visit to David Holmgren’s own homestead, tracking deer with naturalist Jon Young, sheet mulching an inner-city garden with Hunters Point Family, transforming an intersection into a gathering place with City Repair and joining mycologist Paul Stamets as he cleans up an oil spill with mushrooms. We interview some of the key figures in the Permaculture movement, including David Holmgren, Penny Livingston-Stark, James Stark, Paul Stamets, Mark Lakeman, Dr. Elaine Ingham, Maddy Harland, and others.
Permaculture is a sustainable system of earth care that offers solutions to many of our grave environmental problems and a hopeful, proactive vision of change. The Permaculture movement, started by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the nineteen seventies, is now a worldwide network of skilled ecological designers, teachers, food growers, natural builders, environmental activists and visionaries. “Permaculture is the key to a post-carbon future,” says Maddy Harlan, editor of Permaculture Magazine.
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There has been proven profound effects of farming on health. Dr. Northern, Dr. Alexander Beddoe, and other experts have noted, it is easier to cure sick soils than it is to cure sick people. Did you know these very same people have stated that farming affects our health so profoundly that consuming quality crops will do more for your health than all of the health care practitioners combined?
I want to share with you an Article by Dr. Dwight Lundell, M.D. who speaks out on what really causes Heart disease. Here is his article in its entirety. I highly recommend that you read it! Here is the direct link if the link above does not take you there:
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