Homesteading Is A Way Of Life

Well… here I am… doing what I would have never in a million years thought that I would, or even could ever do. I’m writing a blog.

“Blog”… ? What the heck is a “Blog”… ?

I think, at least for now, that I can relate to Bill Murray’s neurotic, compulsive, agoraphobic character in the movie “What About Bob” when, as he was strapped to the bow of a sailboat, exclaimed “Look at me! I’m sailing! I’m sailing! I’m a sailor!”

Well… Look at me! I’m blogging! I’m blogging! I’m a blogger!

OK, it remains to be seen if I am, or will indeed ever really BE a blogger, but I do believe I have valuable insight on the subject of my new blog… Homesteading and Emergency Preparedness.

(Here comes a quick recap of the last 3 decades of my life)

I have been building a homestead for well over 30 years, and have gained a vast set of  skills in just about every area of homestead life. To list a few of my livestock ventures, I have chased cattle, raised pigs, flocked chickens, herded horses, and reared rabbits. While I might add, managing to grow the best crop of fire ants any Texan has ever seen.

I’ve pounded fence posts, dug post holes, stretched fence, raised a barn, built chicken tractors, and several sheds, some of which are still standing (which is a miracle, considering my complete and utter lack of construction skills when I built them).

I’ve planted fruit trees, nut trees, grapevines, blackberries, kiwis and a few farm animals over the years which have gone to meet their Maker.

I’ve plowed fields, and after having done so, planted just about every vegetable from Asparagus to Zucchini. I’ve tried raised beds, flat beds, sunken beds, bunk beds and futons. I’ve saved seed from all sorts of heirloom vegetables, and I’ve sucessfully propagated my own grapevines, blackberries and fig trees. It’s easy. You can do it too, and can save yourself tons of money over buying grape and berry plants from a nursery.

Supplementing all this (as additional sources of protein ) I have a pond full of catfish, and several hives full of bees.

If you are interested in going off-grid, I’ll show you the stationary solar / wind power system I built, as well as a mobile power station.

For me, homesteading and preparing for emergencies go hand in hand. For many years I have been involved in preparedness, so a lot of this blog will be centered around helping you gain the level of personal preparedness that you are comfortable with.

So… what can I bring to the table? Well, what I am really interested in, is helping YOU bring something to YOUR table. And perhaps, help you and your family live a better, more rewarding life on YOUR homestead. And, if you haven’t located the land of your dreams yet, maybe I can give you some tips to help you find your own piece of heaven.

Hopefully, I can relate some of the things I have done right, but more importantly; I can relate what I did wrong. An old adage says “we learn from our mistakes”. While that is very true, it’s also true that mistakes can be costly. I learned years ago that it is much better for me to learn from someone else’s mistakes. That way it doesn’t cost ME anything.

So, in many aspects of farm living, I’ve already made the mistakes. I’ve taken the hit. I’ve wasted the money (more that I care to say, and more than I will ever admit to my wife). Maybe I can help you keep from making some of the same mistakes that I’ve made. And perhaps, just perhaps, I can help you start a new homestead, no matter how large or small, or maybe help you to improve the homestead you’ve already started.

I also hope to do reviews of products that I believe could help you in your endeavors.

Keep reading. Who knows where we can go from here.

Look at me!  I’m Blogging!!!

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to leave a comment !

 

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9 Comments

  • Sean
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Sir.
    Really enjoy your YouTube videos. I want to start raising cattle on my 50 acres, in order to get a exmp. Thought I would start the first year with just cow, get the bugs worked out, then scale up to 4 . Several questions:
    1. What breed would you recomend. We will butcher this one for our family.
    2. Where would you buy it? Auction, craigalist,etc?
    3. How long will I take to fatten up cow.
    4. What are the numbers. Start weight, end weight. Purchase price, sale price.
    5. What age should they be bought.
    6. Do you mark the cow. i.e. branding. Or can it be done electronically.
    Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
    Thanks
    Sean

    • admin
      Posted November 24, 2014 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

      That’s a lot of info…
      I like Brangus or Angus… but there are many good breeds (and they are sky high right now).
      I wouldn’t buy at an auction. That’s where a lot of guys go to dump their problem stock. Craigslist would be better. See if you can find someone in your area that knows livestock to help you pick something out.
      Finishing out a cow takes different times. Some grow out faster than others. Most cows dress out about 50% of their weight on the hoof.
      I wouldn’t worry about branding if you are going to be living near them. I never did.
      Cows are VERY expensive right now. A momma cow will bring close to $2000. That’s why I bought sheep. They are reasonable… so far…
      You have a lot of questions. I suggest you find someone who raises cows to be a mentor to you.
      Good luck.

  • Farmer Cal
    Posted August 7, 2014 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    I just came across this and, good for you. I have been following your you tube videos as I begin to prepare, and create a homestead life style for my wife and my self. I currently live in NC but will be moving back to my home state of Michigan. I am a disabled vet and my wife has a modest job. We are pay check to pay check, and I am sick of it!!!! Soooo, as soon as my wife locates a job back home we are out of here, then let the homesteading begin. I have always had a large garden and want to have live stock, so ill watch for your advice on that.
    You are now a blogger and I am following my first blog. I wish you luck and will support you. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    Farmer Cal

    • admin
      Posted August 18, 2014 at 8:56 am | Permalink

      Well… thanks for your kind words.
      I wish you well on your move… and your new adventure !
      alan

  • Rick
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Hey Ol’ Timer…….
    Nice blog.

    I need to stop by yer place some time and see how a real “Homestead” looks. Until then, take care.

    • admin
      Posted April 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

      Come on… Mr Fire Nut.
      Look at my YouTube channel and look at the neat barn I took a picture of. It is only a few miles from me.
      Quality is not that great, but it’s OK.

  • Brad
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    You’re a wonderful writer! I’m hooked. I look forward to more wonderful articles.

    Brad

    • admin
      Posted February 26, 2013 at 9:56 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much… !
      Now that I have the greenhouse thing on autopilot, I should have time to write more.

  • Neal
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Nice blog. Very informative… Keep them coming !

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