If you want to Start A Mini-Farm (like us), then you may enjoy reading why we started our mini-farm / homestead. If you are just curious about why anyone would choose this lifestyle, then this article will also help you with that!
Homestead life is not for everyone but it may be for you so why not consider it? We chose to start our homestead for a variety of reasons and I am sharing all about why in this article.
Building a mini-farm out of “nothing” (simple house + land) has its pros and cons. The biggest con is that you are literally building your farm/homestead from the ground up and the biggest pro is that you get to set things up how you like them.
Buying a run-down, neglected property that has no fencing, barns, animal shelters, gardens, or anything else required for raising animals and growing food means that you have a lot of work ahead of you. When the house is a major fixer (but with a solid foundation, praise the Lord) on top of it all, then your work is doubled. READ: 1965 Fixer Upper Bathroom Remodel
But, all of that usually means you get a decent deal on the place. That is the situation we found ourselves in when we purchased our 1 acre in the spring of 2019.
Homesteading (or having a mini-farm) has been a dream of ours. The goal is to raise our own vegetables, fruits, herbs, eggs, and meat to replace most of what we buy from the commercial food industry – and maybe some of our clothing, too – eek.
We are just one year in and are still learning every day. We are not experts but we are putting all of our time & effort into living the homestead dream … here is why.
Mini-Farm & Homestead Resources
The Elliott Homestead: From Scratch: Traditional, whole-foods dishes for easy, everyday meals
From France to the Farm: Blending Generational Favorites with French Flair
Maximizing Your Mini Farm: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre
Backyard Homesteading: A Back-to-Basics Guide to Self-Sufficiency (Gardening)
The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals
We Are the Gardeners
Why You Should Start A Mini-Farm
- lifestyle change – raising a serious amount of food of any kind requires a lot of commitment and hard work which means time revolves around all things homesteading and that was a lifestyle change we wanted after seemingly wasting our time away in the city for 8 years. READ: Our Journey Home
- self-sufficiency – imagine stepping out your door to fresh food or taking home-preserved foods from your pantry rather than driving to the grocery store daily/weekly/ or even monthly to buy all of the (plastic-packaged) things. READ: Homemaker’s Backyard Garden Journal – Planner & Tracker
- stay at home easier – we need to stay at home more often than not due to our health conditions so anything that makes that lifestyle simpler is always a positive thing for us! READ: Accepting The Stay At Home Life
- more purposeful living – less time doing frivolous things and more time doing meaningful things, as a family, because there is always something productive that needs to be done on a homestead.
- work ethic – teaching our children a good work ethic, by example.
- lifestyle of learning opportunity – we love learning, and farming/homesteading from scratch requires us to learn something new every single day. READ: Farm Homeschool
- satisfaction in hard work – it is a satisfying (and humbling) experience to eat food you were fully responsible for from start to finish.
- health reasons – homesteading means you are physically more active and eating food you know is straight from the farmer, you know exactly how the food was grown/raised and how it was processed, plus more land means your children have more room to run, too! READ: Best Ways To Support Female Health Naturally
- learn to make our own clothes – this will be on a very small and experimental scale (hasn’t it all been though?!) in the future, but we hope to make at least some portion of what we wear/use from scratch, it may be just socks, washcloths, and/or accessories.
In a future article, I will be sharing more about the meat animals, egg producers, fiber animals, & food production efforts on our mini-farm. A one-acre homestead is quite limited in what it can produce and it requires us to think small & be efficient in all ways, so it has been a challenge – as well as an adventure – that we are thoroughly enjoying!
Any questions about the homestead/mini-farm life? Ask away!