3 Reasons Not To Start a Homestead & How to Get Around Them
You might be thinking “Why are you going to tell me 3 reasons NOT to start a homestead?”. I’ve been thinking a lot about how great this lifestyle is for me. I’ve also been thinking how not-so-great this lifestyle would be for some people. I try to be consistent and honest with my experiences and opinions. Especially since I’m relatively new to the lifestyle myself (2.5 years in and loving it!). With saying that, I thought I’d touch on a few different things you should think about before starting your homestead.
1 of 3 Reasons Not To Start a Homestead: DO YOU REALLY HATE A DAILY ROUTINE?
If you hate doing the same thing every day you should not start a homestead. Why?:
Every morning I wake up and feed my two pups (Hank and Loretta) and our cat Pete. I look for duck eggs in the yard, feed the ducks, go to the “slop shed”. Next, I fill a bucket full of chicken feed and fodder; give that feed to the chickens and walk back to the shed. Then I drain my soaked fodder seed and add it to a new tray. The trays are misted and a new batch of fodder seed is prepared to soak. I feed and water the rabbits and then water and weed all 17 gardens.
Every single evening as the sun begins to fall I feed Hank, Loretta, and Pete dinner. I swing by the slop shed again for an evening treat of mixed seed for the chooks and quackers. Off to the hen house to feed said seed to my feathered friends and pick up the chicken eggs! I return the mixed seed scoop back to the shed and mist the barley fodder and stir the fermented feed.
This routine takes around an hour and a half every day. Honestly, I really enjoy this routine. Nothing changes, though, and that’s why this is 2 of 3 reasons not to start a homestead. You could get around this if you have a spouse or partner that would switch off with you. Older children could help, too! That way you could have your cake and eat it too! I suppose you could rotate which animals you feed first. My chickens would be absolutely horrified if they saw me feeding the rabbits before them. They’d make a big deal of it and I’d just feel horrible!
CAN YOU SIMPLY NOT STAY PUT?
If you’re constantly leaving on a jet plane, starting a homestead might not really be for you. Now, I did explain how vacationing can be done in my post “Homesteader’s “How-To” Guide on Vacationing“. If you’re wanting to take off multiple times a month, that may be difficult. The only way you could is by having a willing individual, funds for a sitter or you co-own a homestead. Co-owning a homestead could also fix your routine-phobia. It isn’t a horrible setup if you have a good partner in mind. I heard a podcaster’s guest talk on how she wanted a cow but didn’t want to be so tied down. A neighbor of hers shared the cost and work of the cow and split the benefits! Win-win!
DO YOU LOVE EATING OUT?
This is a personal opinion – I don’t see the point in homesteading if you’re choosing to eat out most nights of the week. So here’s another “why not to start a homestead” point. Homesteading is mostly all about getting back to a more simple way of living and becoming self-sufficient. The definition of self-sufficient is
“needing no outside help in satisfying one’s basic needs, especially with regard to the production of food“.
I’m not saying that you should deprive yourself of a good night out. M
Another way to have your cake and eat it too might be to try and profit from your homestead. Raise your crops and meat with the goal to profit from local farm-to-table restaurants, friends, family, and neighbors. In turn, you could start a homestead and relax at your favor eatery in the evening. This could also be paired with co-homesteading! Win, win, win!
JUST DO IT!
I’ve said it before, but I really think this lifestyle is in the top 3 lifestyles to live. There are so many simple ways to homestead without land or homestead with land with help from others. You don’t have to do it alone if you want to do it! But also, if this lifestyle really isn’t for you, that’s okay. Simply supporting your local farmers, growers, homesteaders is enough to be a part of this beautiful ride.
Check out this article by Morning Chores called “10 Important Things You Should Know Before Starting a Homestead“!
Other articles by The Green Acre Homestead: