The Zeiger Family Homestead appears in a new online article, Fulfilling a Dream: Living off the Land on the Ruple Properties blog.
Their hope is that the article will encourage people to start thinking about how they, too, could make our type of lifestyle a reality.
They plan this to be the first in a series of posts regarding using one’s land for something other than just “mowing your lawn.”
The post, which you can read on their site, profiles some very interesting people who are “homesteading” on a little or a lot of land. The articles great, and the sites these other people maintain are well worth visiting.
We and other respondents to the company’s request answered 4 questions:
- What inspired you to begin homesteading and living more self sufficiently?
- Why do you feel this lifestyle is important?
- What would you say to someone who might be thinking about or is interested in making this type of lifestyle change, but is still somewhat unsure?
- If someone wanted to begin, what is the first thing you would tell them to do/try? Or one thing that would make for an “easy start?”
The similarity between my answers to these questions, and the responses of the other correspondents, intrigued me. Each of the families profiled in the article represent wide variations in the “homesteading”/self-sufficient living field, yet we’re rather cohesive in our reasons for doing it, and our advice to others who would seek to follow our examples.
My definitive response to these questions and other similar ones are well covered in my book Sacred Coffee: A “Homesteader’s” Paradigm, but I appreciated the chance to distill that material into briefer summaries. I’m looking forward to reading more posts in the series from Ruple Properties.