Establishing an Acre Homestead

Establishing an Acre Homestead

How does one go about establishing an acre homestead and why would you want to do that?

Well, if you’ve spent any time viewing society it’s no secret laziness is real and we’re way too dependent on others and technology.  But what’s most alarming is the idea things should be fair and free.

I’m not sure where this began because when I was growing up if you didn’t work you didn’t eat and nothing was ever fair.

We called it life!

Flowers in the garden

Blessed was an Under Statement

Back then I didn’t even realize how self-reliant we were.  My dad was a commercial fisherman who also enjoyed duck hunting so we rarely had to purchase meat.  Gardens were established in the backyard loaded with fresh vegetables and fruit trees were incorporated with landscaping.

To say we were blessed was an understatement but we worked for those blessings.  Gathering fruit was a family outing, the vegetables didn’t plant themselves and harvesting was ongoing.

When canning season arrived I wanted to hide because preserving never ended.  We ate good with healthy options year-round and we were thankful.

I often wonder if folks today are truly thankful after they finish a meal?  When you gather or raise the majority of your own food you can’t help but feel blessed.

Little Chicks free range in a safe place

Focused on Self Reliance

For Robert and I homesteading is a matter of getting focused and establishing self-reliance.  I guess with Quail Grove our Tiny Homestead project we’ve taken the idea of working the land to the extreme?

Almost two years ago we signed papers; that first year we struggled with the idea of subdividing because we enjoyed everything this place had to offer.  Not only could we raise our own food but it was quiet and we could also hunt.

It was perfect so why would we sub-divide?

Why Subdivide

Deep down keeping this land was never an option, it was chosen and when you’re called by a greater power to do something it’s not a matter of turning back.

It’s a matter of submitting which takes faith and courage to move forward. Even if you plan everything perfectly, things can change and setbacks can occur.

We also call this life…

Clearing for small animals

Trying to Get an Acre Established

Trying to get an acre established for homesteading hasn’t been easy because the property we live on is wooded, so that first year we started clearing.  It wasn’t until after our survey we were able to figure out where things would go.

With years of farming under our belt we had experience to bring forward and we both wanted to focus on activity we enjoyed.

This Included:

  1. Gardening herbs, berries, veggies and cut flowers for healthier living and enjoyment.
  2. Raising a few chickens for egg, bug removal, and fertilizer.
  3. Raising Quail for meat, repopulating and helping remove garden bugs.
  4. Raising a few guineas for bug removal like ticks and meat.
  5. Smaller animals like sheep or goats to help clear land and meat. (we’ll probably end up with goats, sigh…)

That looks like a lot for one acre but when a large home doesn’t occupy the majority of space there’s more land to work.  It’s also important not to waste space and never over populate pasture with too many animals.

Blackberries

Where are we at with those ideas?

The gardens are active, some are in the process of being moved and others may expand.

We recently brought home five Araucana chicks and egg production will begin by early winter. Quail arrive towards the end of September and next Spring we’ll add guineas and more quail.

As for the smaller animals we have additional trees to thin out, pasture fencing to mark off and divide for rotational grazing.  Once that is complete we can safely bring in those goats even though I prefer sheep…

But let’s not forget while this space is taking shape we’ll also be establishing Quail Grove.

Establishing a Homestead and feeling blessed

Starting from scratch is a lot of work, but it offers a sense of purpose.  The desire to be lazy surely doesn’t exist and when struggles surface we face them head on. It may not seem fair at times but we learn through these experiences so we can do better on the next project.

Right now, there are days when everything feels overwhelming but if I’ve learned anything about homesteading it’s this….It welcomes a thankful heart and strengthens the soul to where you see life deeper than most could ever imagine.

A homestead can be established anywhere, stop following the crowd, be a leader and be the example of God’s blessings.

 

1 Thessaloians 4:11-12

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 

so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

 

Establishing an Acre Homestead offers many opportunities. Discover a journey where work offers a thankful heart. #homesteading, #acrehomestead, #Farm

 

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10 comments

  1. Patti says:

    Very inspiring. I can see a book of short uplifting stories in your future.

    1. Carole says:

      Glad you enjoyed – I’ve actually been thinking about writing the story behind Quail Grove because there are details and steps along the way that I haven’t shared and things to come I’m sure that would probably make a fun book. Great idea!

  2. daisy says:

    No doubt it can feel overwhelming, but slow and steady wins the race. You’ve already accomplished so much, if you just step back and think on it a while. With your willingness to work hard and stay determined, you’ll reach your goals before you know it.
    Blessings…

    1. Carole says:

      You’re awesome and I know you get it… I so appreciate you sharing encouragement because it means a lot. Hugs!

  3. I can’t help but feel proud of you and Robert. What you’ve done is nothing short of inspiring.

    I really want to get out there and see your place too!

    re: 1 Thessaloians 4:11-12
    I love this quote. It’s my goal in life.

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you that means a lot! We would love for you to come out, so when it cools I’ll give you a shout… That’s a wonderful verse and I’m thinking about adding it to my planner so I can read it more often. I love it! Have a great weekend friend…

  4. Karen says:

    Carole,
    This is such a beautiful reminder of what life is really made of. I agree whole-heartedly that we get so caught up in the pace of the age we live in that we lose sight of the things that are most important and life-giving. They’re the things that are quiet, gentle, and don’t “scream” in our faces, yet have the greatest meaning, and because we’re running at break-neck speed, sadly, we often miss them.

    You are indeed blessed to live the life you’re building!

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Karen – thought you might enjoy it. There is a season for everything and when the kids were home trying to get to it all wasn’t easy. I have found that my time here at the homestead is what revives my heart and is that continues reminder of how blessed we are and so are you! Hugs!

  5. mickie mclaughlin says:

    Hi Carole….such an uplifting post today. Loved the story about your Dad ‘s crabbing and duck hunting. I could just imagine living that close to the water and hearing the waterfowl calling out to each other and smelling the salty waters. And, yes, the gardening work never seemed to end, but oh how pretty those jars of vegetables looked when the work was done. Thanks for sharing this lovely glimpse into your daily life.

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Mickie -so glad you enjoyed. I must say growing up in a fishing home was interesting and I have to admit I loved the smell of those salty waters. Very blessed and yes so many pretty jars. I’ll have to go through my photos one day to see if I have some of my grandma with all her canning. It was her pride and joy. My mom canned too… a lot…Other than milk, bread and eggs I wasn’t really sure what we really needed the grocery store for when we had one in our home.

      Hope you’ve been enjoying your summer… I’m so ready for some cooler temperatures. Have a great weekend and nice to hear from you. Carole

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