I just love it when people say "oh, wow you have a homestead, so tell me what is homesteading? Well that's a word with many definitions and it depends on who you ask. If you look it up on Wikipedia you will find this definition:
" a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the smallscale production of textiles, clothing and craftwork for householduse or sale."
So what is homesteading to me then? It truely is a lifestyle. You have to be willing to put in many hours but the bounty is worth it. It's a whole lotta learning and many, many mistakes! Learning many new skills that you'd never thought you'd ever need. It's doing what we can where we are, raising as much of our own food as we can, and being as self-sustaining as possible. But even more it's about giving my kids the opportunities to learn new skills that will help them for their whole lives.
At Bless this Mess Homestead we try to be self-sufficent by raising our own chickens for eggs, meat ( and poo for the gardens). We raise Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats, pigs, rabbits, ducks and whatever else I drag home.
We grow our own fresh produce from mostly heirloom, organic GMO free seeds. As well as have a small orchard. We attempt to grow enough for our family of 5 for the whole year.
I love DIY projects as they are they bread and butter here. From animal shelters, coops, fencing to goat milk soap, we have learned many new skills.
I have to say waking up to the rooster crowing, watching the goat kids jump and play, the smell of fresh turned dirt and getting messy, homesteading is truely the good life.