Parkin’ It on the Homestead
As commuters, we get a lot of questions in regards to our life on our little homestead. If we are not actively homesteading in a certain area, then we have tried it, or plan to try it one day (pretty much… I draw the line on a few topics 😛 ). Along with homestead related questions, we have many others come regarding our life as homeschoolers (we are currently part of a homeschool hybrid academy which is a unique “best of both worlds” homeschooling approach), as well as our international adoption process (one of our daughters is from China).
- When I left the fulltime workforce, it was primarily to start a small farm. We have raised heritage chickens for meat and eggs (Dorkings, Dominiques, Rhode Island Reds, Orphingtons to name a few), turkeys (Narragansetts), ducks (Welsh Harlequins and Khaki Campbells), hogs (Tamworth), goats (non-heritage). We give our animals a healthy / happy life and then butcher them ourselves for quick and humane processing. Then, we preserve the meat different ways and trying to utilize the animal to the fullest (lard is a precious commodity around here!). I have also milked our goats in the past & make butter, cheese, etc. (The wish list includes cattle and Gulf Coast sheep). We also have honey bees, and are striving to keep them alive (if you haven’t read about honey bee problems – please do sure. They are really struggling between the pesticides, etc).
- Mr. Homestead builds everything under the sun (including our home… much of the wood for the internal portions of the house were cut on his father’s antique saw mill). His wish list includes a black smith house for learning / experimenting.
- We took the past two years off from full gardens (we added our newest Parkin’ It family member… our 5 year old daughter from China this year, and have taken some time to focus on fundraising last year / bonding this year). We LOVE growing our own plants for heirloom seeds, and I love all things herbs & pollinating plants. We typically preserve the surplus through canning or dehydrating.
- Other things we do or have tried… baking from home grown wheat, all things sewing / crafting, the boys are part of a group for primitive camping / frontiersman, etc.
Keep in mind that prior to marrying Mr. Homesteader, I wanted to climb the corporate ladder, would not be found anywhere near the kitchen without force, and the only food I ate came from a restaurant or store. I would never be a “stay at home” mom, my children would attend private school, and I would NEVER can something (bahahaha… never say never, right?!). This area of our blog is for those tales of learning… (first time butchering a duck… OH MY!), but also encouragement that if we can do it – anyone can!