It's Book Day!
Today I am sharing with you my brand new, ready to go ebook: The Modern Homestead: A Guide to Starting Your Journey. I must admit that I am giddy with excitement (and a bit of nerves) as I get ready to send this little, first attempt at a book out into the world.
Over the last few years, as my family has moved further and further into the world of homesteading, so many ideas, challenges and dreams have presented themselves. This book is a result of my thoughts, ideas, experiences and research around homesteading, and the process of deciding how to get started.
A little about the book...
The book starts with an overview of modern homesteading and includes brief descriptions to help you get started gardening, raising animals, practicing homeskills, and decreasing your energy use. It then describes the challenges that may be keeping you from homesteading, and helps you set goals and get started on achieving your goals. Since this book is not designed as a complete homesteading handbook, throughout the book I suggest resources to help you move forward and learn more about creating your own modern homestead.
To get your free copy, simply sign up to receive blog updates via email, and I will send you your digital book. If you like what you read please come back and let me know. I would also love to hear your experience in planning and implementing your own homestead, so stay in touch. Here's a brief excerpt from the books introduction:
What is Modern Homesteading?
Today, the vision of homesteading as strictly a self-sufficient, agrarian lifestyle is being revisited by people everywhere. All around us people are connecting with the earth by redefining what it means to homestead. For some, homesteading is as simple as growing a few herbs in their apartment and choosing to buy their eggs at the local farmer’s market. For others, homesteading means cashing it all in and heading for the nearest piece of rural land. There are countless ways you can embrace the idea of self-sufficiency while still maintaining a modern lifestyle. Simple actions such as raising (some of) your own food, choosing local products, and supporting renewable energy are just some of the ways you can achieve the dream of homesteading.
When you homestead, you live your life in a way that best connects you with the natural world using the space, time, and resources available. Whether you are choosing to homestead for environmental reasons, financial reasons, emotional reasons, family reasons, or for no good reason at all, you are choosing to live simpler. A modern homestead is more than the place you live - it is a way of life.
When we think of homesteading from this perspective, we suddenly open the door to all the possibilities available to us. In order to be a homesteader; you simply need to think and act in a way that better connects you to the natural world. At the heart of homesteading is the idea of raising your own food through growing plants and raising animals. But homesteading is more than this. It is recognizing the choices we have in energy usage, relearning skills in the kitchen, using basic home skill techniques (such as knitting, sewing, and basic woodworking), and simply living your life conscious of the impact of your actions.