Most people that chose to homestead have a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons include access to real food, limiting exposures to pesticides, producing homemade items from scratch to limit allergens and use whole, unprocessed ingredients. You may also be interested in homesteading to limit waste and negative impacts on the earth. This is a list of some inspirational documentaries that remind me of why I’ve set out on this homesteading journey.
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Based on the book with the same name by Michael Pollan, this is a Netflix (R) miniseries that covers some of the basic elements of cooking by categories: air, earth, wind and fire. It dives into the ancient techniques of cooking that we’ve been using for millennia prior to the industrial food revolution.
Great American Farm Tour
Follow the Rhodes family as they travel around the country visiting a variety of sustainable farms. They visit some of my favorite homesteaders including Jill Wagner! Its eye opening and inspiring to see all the different layouts and families that are striving for this life. You can find this on Amazon or Amazon Prime Video for free.
Learn more about farmers in the trenches trying to save or return to a forgiving and eco-friendly style of raising plants and animals for consumption. From a turkey farmer trying to preserve an heirloom breed to dairy farmer serving raw milk. This also explores what is broken in the current American food system.
Salt Fat Acid Heat
A Netflix miniseries based on the book by the same name by Samin Hasrat. Delightful series on the main flavors of food and the basics of making delicious food with just simple ingredients. She travels around the world to explore flavor and how its created. The inspiration comes from the appreciation of real ingredients to create wonderful food.
Living the Change
This is a great documentary on Amazon that details how people are trying to live out the change they want to see in the world. Watch more about the practicalities of how people are really striving for greener, sustainable living.
Another documentary about the problems with the American industrialized food system. Includes information about the many disease and contaminations from the processed food we consume. Covering the disturbing link of obesity and the food industry.
This documentary has been controversial and very distressing about the use of animals in our food system. The rampant animal cruelty and disregard for life that is inherent in CAFOs and industrialized animal food system that values animals a strictly commodities.
I find that returning to these helps me keep my head in the game. Sometimes I want to sit on the couch and eat cheetos, ice cream and ramen. After the 7 million bugs take down my entire tomato crop, I feel a little disappointed and want to throw in the towel. But these help me to remember why I work so hard to keep chickens, grow my own food, cook all our food from scratch.
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