If you’ve been keeping up with our plans, you know our homestead is about simplifying our lives and offering programs that can help bring families together.
So, what do we really want to have around?
Here’s a few (with more to be added later… 🙂 )
I want chickens… for a couple reasons. First of all, we quit eating cereal almost a year ago. We eat eggs every morning for breakfast (check out why we quit cereal). We often have 2 eggs each. That adds up to a lot of eggs, and chickens can help reduce that cost. Budget is a big deal in our house – as a single parent, I try to give my daughter as much time as I can, which means I work less and ultimately make less.
But the ultimate reason for wanting chickens –
If I’m raising them on our homestead,
I will know exactly where the eggs come from and
I will know the chickens are treated well.
It’s that simple.
I am tossing around the idea of also getting meat chickens. I’d love to have farm-raised, healthy chicken for our table, but I’m not entirely sure I’m ready to do the butchering. That may come at a later time, but until that time, we’ll have eggs. As for the chickens once they no longer lay, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
Yep, goats…those pesky animals that are always eating everything. Flowers. Clothes. Everything.
I want to have fresh milk and cheeses. I’m tired of spending so much on processed, ingredient-laden dairy with limited nutritional content. I don’t want to worry about if someone else is doing their job and making sure the large dairy factories are doing what they need to.
I’ve also been quite interested in making our own soaps and lotions, which can be done from goat milk.
GARDENS & ORCHARDS:
I have such a desire to grow our own foods, and a homestead will make that a possibility. Every time I look at a package, there’s so much added to it, that it’s difficult to determine safety. I know, we’re told the food is safe, but I’d much rather rely on myself and know exactly what is in each food. I also dream of having a few fruit trees and many varieties of berry bushes on our homestead. Mmm…