Top 10 Homesteading Blogs to Inspire You During Social Distancing
Whether you are sitting in your urban apartment contemplating what life in the country would look like or chasing your chickens around on your farm, social distancing provides the perfect opportunity to look for homesteading inspiration. Wherever you are in your homesteading journey, there are so many resources out there to help answer all of your self-sufficiency questions. You may be new to the world of homesteading, and want to explore some basic homesteading skills include gardening, frugality and cooking meals from scratch. Or maybe you are in the process of building an off-grid home and searching for some details on new renewable technology, like solar panels, are playing an important role in transitioning to a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
Wherever you find yourself right now, being stuck at home is the ideal time to check out some top homesteading blogs. There are so many wonderful activities to engage in while you practice social distancing, such as preparing your garden beds or foraging wild plants on a family hike. Here are our top homesteading blogs to inspire you during social distancing.
Homesteading is one of the most comprehensive online resources out there for folks interested in self-sufficient living, with articles ranging from food recipes to craftsmanship skills and raising livestock. The website is easily organized into categories, with in-depth information on anything from the basics of homebrewing to raising bees.
Insteading is all about promoting choices that are “meaningful, nourishing, sustainable and community-driven.” In addition to an extensive knowledge base on gardening, animals, energy and food, the blog also has incredible resources for homesteaders looking to build a sustainable home. Their green building section has countless pieces on building a tiny home, constructing an off-grid sauna and the benefits of using a masonry heater.
3. Pure Living for Life
Pure Living for Life tells of a young couple trying to build a sustainable home without acquiring debt. Their blog features great conversations on installing solar power on their property, trying out different types of off-grid water systems, and comparing options for radiant floor heating systems.
4. Attainable Sustainable
Attainable Sustainable is the perfect blog for beginning and advanced homesteaders alike. The website features great tips and tricks for starting your self-sustainable journey, focusing on small steps like cooking dried beans and choosing the proper pantry storage containers. Attainable Sustainable also has a diverse selection of information on specialty fruits, such as caring for your fig tree or picking the right type of persimmon.
5. The Homesteading Hippy
The Homesteading Hippy follows the homesteading journey of Heather and her family, who began their journey to self-reliance in 2006. Their blog posts are honest and funny and do a great job explaining the many baby steps that are taken over years of becoming a homesteading family. In addition to articles on gardening and livestock, the blog also has fascinating information on anything from homeschooling to natural health and money-saving techniques.
6. A Modern Homestead
A Modern Homestead is run by a husband and wife team who live on $30,000 a year, on purpose. After the birth of her first child and her husband losing his job, this pair decided that instead of keeping their house in the city, they would pursue their homesteading dreams on a small farm in the country. Their posts demonstrate how easy it can be to get started as a homesteader, even if you have never lived on a farm. The blog also has incredible posts on self-sufficiency skills such as knitting, saving money on your monthly grocery bill and free holiday decor DIY projects.
7. The Prairie Homestead
The Prairie Homestead has been recommended by big names like Buzzfeed, Amazon and People magazine for its expansive coverage of homegrown recipes, DIY health projects and even a podcast. The owner of the blog, Jill, has also written a best-selling cookbook, which includes homestead recipes along with stories from her homesteading journey.
8. Common Sense Home
The Common Sense Home is a no-nonsense blog sharing stories of how to improve your life and the lives around you by becoming more self-sufficient. If part of your incentive in homesteading is preparing in case of a disaster, there is a whole section devoted to preparedness. Food and drink recipes, like dandelion wine, come with easy to comprehend guidelines and step-by-step directions.
9. 104 Homestead
104 Homestead is a blog about a single mother of three who homesteads on a five and a half-acre property in Maine. Each article covers resourceful ways of growing your own food, even if you are new to gardening. If you are interested in raising livestock, particularly goats, they have a myriad of information on their experience managing a goat herd, and even have some for sale!
10. The Easy Homestead
The Easy Homestead is your homesteading best friend for all things in the self-reliance category. The blog takes a holistic approach to life running a homestead, sharing struggles and setbacks, as well as a few reasons that they chose to grow their own food.
From Social Distancing to Self-Sufficient
The homesteading lifestyle is all about slowing down and reassessing what is truly important in your life. Social distancing may be difficult at times, but it may also be a chance to think about what is really important. Homesteading blogs can be a wonderful source of community and a reminder that so many people are choosing to live in a way that resonates with them personally. Wherever you are in your homesteading journey, there are so many wonderful online resources to check out.
If you have always wanted to raise goats, but don’t know where to start, let these stories be your motivation to give it a try. If you want to be more self-sufficient but hate cooking, maybe take this time to try out a couple recipes from scratch. Whatever it is, these top 10 homesteading blogs are incredible resources on how to building a life on the land.
About the author
Jane Marsh is the Editor-in-Chief of Environment.co. She covers topics related to climate policy, sustainability, renewable energy and more.