Unplanned Beginnings in a Rural Haven
Our homesteading journey started unexpectedly when we moved to a rural area, finding ourselves on family land with time on our hands. Homeschooling our kids and adapting to a lower income led us to explore homesteading.
Learning from Initial Missteps
With no farming background, my first attempt at growing beans revealed the need for informed planning. The realization that success required a well-thought-out plan and learning from experienced resources became evident.
Lessons from Early Challenges
Embarking on homesteading without proper planning and knowledge can lead to avoidable mistakes. From giving kids age-appropriate chores to identifying quality mothering instincts in animal flocks, our journey taught us invaluable lessons.
Top Ten Homesteading Don'ts
Lesson 10 - Kid-Friendly Chores Matter
Assigning appropriate tasks to our kids became crucial after an incident with loose rabbit enclosures. Implementing a double-checking system and fostering communication helped avoid potential losses.
Lesson 9 - Quality Mothering Matters
Recognizing and culling bad mothering instincts in our animal herds became imperative for successful reproduction. Avoiding the negative consequences of keeping subpar mothers improved the overall well-being of our farm.
Lesson 8 - Patience is Key in Trades and Sells
Impulsive decisions in animal trades and sales led to regrets. Failing to align these decisions with our informed plan resulted in the loss of valuable assets and unnecessary challenges.
Lesson 7 - Daily Freezer Checks Prevent Losses
Forgetting to check the freezer daily resulted in spoiled food after an unplanned unplugging incident. Regular checks became a crucial practice to avoid unnecessary waste.
Lesson 6 - Balancing Modern Techniques with Traditional Knowledge
While modern homesteading offers humane slaughtering techniques, understanding traditional methods proved essential. Being prepared for unforeseen circumstances ensures a responsible approach to animal husbandry.
Lesson 5 - Considering Shade Patterns in Crop Planning
Overlooking shade patterns from tall trees affected the growth of crops in our vegetable garden. Taking the time to assess shade patterns before sowing seeds became a crucial step in successful crop cultivation.
Lesson 4 - Training Someone for Farm Management
Preparing a backup caretaker for the homestead is vital for unexpected absences. Our experience highlighted the importance of proper training to avoid losses and maintain farm continuity.
Lesson 3 - Trusting Intuition in Animal Care
Ignoring intuitive feelings about an ailing rabbit led to severe consequences. Learning to trust and act upon instincts became essential for timely and effective animal care.
Lesson 2 - The Value of Research in Farming
Neglecting research before attempting to grow carrots resulted in wasted resources. Emphasizing the importance of thorough research before undertaking new farming endeavors became a key lesson.
Lesson 1 - The Necessity of Keeping Records
Neglecting records and vaccine updates led to a tragic outcome for our beloved dog. Stressing the importance of maintaining detailed records and using them for informed decisions became a poignant lesson.
Concluding Thoughts on Homesteading Wisdom
Sharing our top ten homesteading don'ts aims to help fellow homesteaders learn from our experiences. Emphasizing the significance of having a mentor, preparing for unforeseen challenges, and the value of continuous learning underscores our commitment to promoting successful homesteading journeys.