Homesteading Anywhere

| 10/6/2015 10:29:00 AM

Tags: Homesteading, Gardening, Food Preservation, Blue Jean Mama,

Blue Jean MamaOnce a country girl, always a country girl. I bet there are many city folks who have their hearts tied to country roots. You CAN live the country life anywhere you choose. The saying, you can take the country girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl is evidently true. You may wonder, how is it possible with little land and so many regulations to live a country life? It really is a matter of mindset.

My Childhood Home
My childhood home in Vermont.

I am a country girl married to an awesome city guy, and we’ve been married 41 years. I have converted this “city slicker” into a country boy, and we now live in the most populated county in the state of Florida. I guess we just keep going against all odds and you can, too.

My first night of living in the city from my rural life was a bit funny. I heard a fire truck and told my new husband we needed to follow it. After all, that is what we always did in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Everyone knew everybody and wanted to help their neighbors. He informed me that wasn’t what people did in the Bronx.

I always missed my rural life and did things to help me stay connected to it while maintaining a somewhat typical “city/suburban” life. There comes a time when you just want to chill out from it all. We did our changing over time as family and money allowed. It took a while for us to get to a point where we could relax a bit and do more of the self-reliant things we had always wanted to do. In retrospect, I think we could have achieved our goal more quickly. We just didn’t realize the possibilities were readily attainable. Here’s hoping you will be able to begin your homesteading faster than we did. It’s truly worth the effort.

There are many ways you can make a difference in your life and start homesteading.

10/9/2015 2:52:20 PM

Hello, it's Erin from Homespun Life in the City. My husband and I are homesteading on a 40'x100' city lot, so I know where you are coming from! We have a backyard garden, front yard fruit trees and 2 community garden plots. You can do a lot if you put your mind to it. Welcome to Capper's Farmer's blogging community!

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