I would like to start off by saying that I may or may not be obsessed with homesteading :). I grew up watching Little House on the Prairie with my mom and I instantly became enthralled with their lifestyle. I wanted to wear the dresses and bonnets. I wanted a horse and I wanted to live in a log cabin. While my actual life was nothing like theirs, I nonetheless wanted to be exactly like them. Fast-forward a few years and my mom and I move to central Iowa where there is this wonderful place called Living History Farms. I instantly fell in love. At LHF, you go through a 1700′s Ioway Native American camp, an 1850′s farm, a 1900′s farm, and then a 1870′s town. All of these sites come complete with livestock and real people who are dressed appropriately for their time period and do activities that are appropriate as well.
This reawakened my thirst for homesteading. I started getting my hands on anything that had to do with homesteading; books, pamphlets, hands on experience, you name it, I wanted to look at it or do it. So I started collecting books on homesteading and gardening as well as livestock. Now, by no means do I have an extensive collection. I have the books that I feel work for me and my family. My hope is that someday, we can live on a “homestead” and be able to feed our family and sell the rest at farmers markets. These books will help me achieve my goal. As for now, I’m going to be planting some things in containers and leaving them on my deck. Trying to keep up with a bigger garden with a newborn doesn’t seem like a good idea :) But someday, I hope to blog about how we bought our first chickens or goats and how big our garden has grown…someday :)