It’s contagious…

Since we began this journey, my husband and I have truly taken the self-sufficiency movement to heart. We take our garden seriously, our fruit trees, anything and everything involving our well-being. For three years we’ve prided ourselves in canning our tomatoes, pickling, drying our hot peppers and making sure the worms are doing their fair share.

In the beginning I think our neighbors thought we were crazy… we were “one of those” kinda’ neighbors who didn’t weed with chemicals or cut down trees to create a bigger parking lot. The animals in our yard didn’t just include the dogs but the birds, squirrels, chipmunks, etc.

I vividly remember my husband telling one of our neighbors about eventually getting chickens. You would have thought we were going to build a nuclear power plant in our yard, complete with radioactive waste! Our neighbor felt it was the worst idea ever, an absolute abomination, a walking-clucking-mess all summed up in one question…”Can’t you buy your eggs?”

That was one year ago.

Fast forward to today… That very neighbor is now building a chicken coop with the intention of housing 6 chickens. Not only are they getting chickens, but they have built 6 very nice garden boxes in their yard!

I say hooray to sticking to your guns! Hooray because I know our neighbor has seen the progress we’ve made and somewhere deep inside they think they can do it too. They’ve seen the benefits of growing your own food, truly caring for your land and maximizing what you can do with it. Most importantly, watching your children learn where your food really comes from. I say hooray to being part of the homesteading/self-sufficiency movement and passing it on. It’s all about baby steps.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Ghandi

“One person can make a difference. And everyone should try.” – JFK

“Yawning is contagious” -Me

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About Diary of a Wanna Be Homesteader...

Call me the black sheep of the family. I’m a 30-something (pushing 40) socially inept gal living in the beautiful state of Maine, mother of two rambunctious children, to include two dogs with a combined weight of 300 lbs. I met my husband, self-professed anti-social media mogul, in Japan. We met in November 1998, married in May 1999… happily ever after. After much exploration, and two children later, we settled in Maine to raise our family away from the hassles of city life. Surrounded by trees and clean air we’ve built a spectacular life on 3 acres. Folks may call us anti-social… we like to call ourselves pr0-self. We value each other, our family and our passions in life more than pleasing others. I buy milk in glass bottles. I drive a Prius. I am a weather junkie. I must drink a cup of coffee daily. I believe in buying local. I love knitting but don’t do it often enough. Sunflowers make me happy. Fishing calms my soul. This blog is about my love of a simpler life… family, love, gardening, nature, independence. This is the place where I will share it, and begin my journey to obtain that life, one step at a time.

3 responses to “It’s contagious…

  1. thebeadden

    What a great story! It’s wonderful how one person can make a difference in this world by doing something and passing the bug…a tiny ripple can make waves!
    I laughed when I read about being ‘one of those people’. An elderly man down the street said the same thing to me. He is a gardener but doesn’t think chemicals are harmful. We’re great friends now, he is always helpful with tips and now that he is too old to garden, we share our crops with he and his wife. Actually, about half the street enjoys our harvest now.

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