Posts tagged: Homesteading

Work Like a Peasant, Live Like a King

By , June 19, 2017

As we complete our eleventh year of residence on our homestead, I recall a motto we adopted early on: “work like a peasant, live like a king.”

From the very beginning, the strange dichotomy of our life became apparent. We deliberately, voluntarily reduced our quality of life in order to improve it. We dedicated ourselves to a new lifestyle, economy, and condition set—a new paradigm, if you will—that recasts us almost literally as peasants. Yet, by doing so, we live like kings!

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Homesteading for Beginners

By , February 19, 2014

Last December I contributed to an online article, Fulfilling a Dream: Living off the Land on the Ruple Properties blog (see Homestead Opinions Featured in New Online Article). All participants answered four questions, and portions of our responses made up the bulk of the article.

Much of what I said in my response didn’t make the cut. One question, in particular, is a popular one among readers of this blog, so I’ll post it and my expanded response.

The interviewer asked: “If someone wanted to begin [homesteading], what is the first thing you would tell them to do/try? Or one thing that would make for an ‘easy start?'” Continue reading 'Homesteading for Beginners'»

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