Being raised in a family with a dad that went thru the 30’s, our family farm was more like homesteading. Nothing gets thrown away that may have a use later, provide as many of our needs as we possible, and we hunted for bargains.
We learned to raise our own vegetables organically in a huge garden, and a lot of fruit with several apple trees.
We learned animal husbandry of many animals, Chickens, Turkeys, Guineas, Rabbits, Sheep, Goats, Pigs, a Milk Cow, Beef Cows, and Ponies to list a few.
With animal husbandry, we were able to provide homegrown meat.
We milked a cow, and what do you do with 4 gallons of milk a day? You make butter and cheese of course.
Canning, drying, home cooking, and baking were as common everyday as chores where.
160 acres is not a lot compared to some farmers of today but it was enough and we were able to raise most the food for the livestock and ourselves.
With Dad working in town, mom managing the house and running the farm a lot of the chores feel on us as we got old enough to help. We learned early on, the animals came first.. before supper, before sports, before religion…. before anything. Oh yes we knew how to work, 3 daughters’ and no sons, we could work along side any adult and hold our own.
This is where the blog comes in. I love this life so much, I understand why others want to homestead. I know not everyone was raised the way we were, they do not know how to, when to, or where to etc..