Building a homestead
Hi, my name is Leilani and I am a dreamer! I have two young sons and a husband. Like many of you, I have a full time job while dreaming and striving start a homestead. I hope to be more self sufficient, sustainable, homemade and from scratch everyday. I have an urban homestead in northwest Louisiana where I raise children, chickens and the occasional fruit or vegetable. When possible I forage for a few things and am always trying to find easy, homemade recipes and ideas to limit processed food.
I am working on a variety of skills to learn. My hope is to find others like me that are starting out and would like to go on this journey with me. I am passionate about providing the best, most unprocessed food for my family. I try to do this without limiting fun and family time which is precious.
Learning to Homestead
The initial part of this is to build skills and learn as much as possible about the different aspects of homesteading life while still keeping my sanity as a working mother. There are a variety of inspirational books/audiobooks, many skilled and master homesteading blogs, local and online courses, and the good ol’ trial-and-error methods to learning and exploring the homesteading lifestyle.
To avoid burnout or fatigue with a full time working schedule, we take on only a little at a time. This year we put in blueberry bushes and a fig tree. I also attempt crop succession due to our long growing season here in the south (zone 8). I regularly battle bugs, heat and the urban pests (birds, squirrels and even my own dogs!).
Due to limited space, city ordinances and other caveats of an urban homestead, I also focus on from scratch cooking, sewing, knitting, crocheting and making my own toiletries and cleaning supplies. I am working on learning preservation methods such as canning, dehydrating and freezing.
A Home that is being Made From Scratch
This site, A Home Made From Scratch, was started from my desire to connect. I want to help and learn with others who are also limited on time, money and space. So many of us are! The goal is to grow with others that hope to make small simple changes to bring more local, less processed and healthier options to their busy family lives.
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