Rural Homesteading: What I Wish I Had Known


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If anyone had ever told me twenty years ago that I would someday live in the country as a modern day homesteader, I never would have believed them.  Born and raised in the city, I thought myself a city girl through and through.

However, after one year of living in a small rural town, I have to say that this is where I belong, and I believe this little slice of land had my name on it long before we discovered it was here.

But the transition from city living to rural living is not an easy one; and, in spite of what one might read in books, magazines, or see on reality tv, country living is tough.

Idyllic, yes, well, most of the time; but there is a lot of dirt, and whoever describes it as quiet has not been around cattle or roosters; or known how the sound of a country~western~music~at~full~blast loving neighbor can carry.

A few weeks ago I sat down and wondered what things I wish I had known before our move: things that might have made that transition a little easier.

I came up with four and I am sharing them today over at GNOWFGLINS.  Click here to read, and share your feedback.  I’d love to hear from you and what you have to say on the matter.


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Rural Homesteading: What I Wish I Had Known — 2 Comments

  1. Being born and raised in NYC and spending 25 years in Silicon Valley, i had no experience or idea about any of this. I knew two weeks into moving out onto this dirt road that I was home, listening to the peace and quiet.

    Can’t think of anything I wish I’d known really, before doing it. But the whole point of doing it was to get outside my comfort zone, do something different and learn new things and skills I had never even contemplated.

    So far it hasn’t disappointed me. So I can’t think of anything I wish I’d known…but I can name a ton of things I’m glad I learned and an equal number of things I’m still curious about learning.

    Set up my aquaponics system in the greenhouse last weekend cause a friend called and had caught a few channel catfish, the best choice for that in my climate. So I filled the pond..set up the pumps and acclimated them and threw them in. Once I have that environment stabilized and understand the water chemistry involved, I’ll fill the grow bed with media and a few plants and see how that works out… I’m sure there will be bumps along the way..but if i can grow lettuce in the winter time..I’m gonna be one happy camper.

    • I hope the aquaponics venture goes well for you! That is something we’ve read about but not tried. We have a large pond on our property and have talked/thought about getting it stocked.