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    Should We Sell It All and Be Homesteaders?

    enJune 06, 2024

    Podcast Summary

    • Homesteading realitiesHomesteading goes beyond gardening and chickens, it's about self-sufficiency and providing for one's own necessities, which can be financially and practically challenging

      The homesteading trend, which involves living off the land and achieving self-sufficiency, has gained popularity in recent years due to its idyllic and simpler appearance. However, true homesteading goes beyond having a garden or city chickens, it's about living self-sufficiently. This trend has become more appealing during uncertain economic times as people seek to live a life free from reliance on external sources. Examples of this lifestyle can be seen on social media, with some individuals going all-in and living on true farms with large families. However, it's important to note that homesteading requires hard work and a significant financial investment. Homesteaders must provide for their own food, water, shelter, and other necessities, which can be costly. So while the idea of living off the land may seem appealing, it's crucial to consider the financial and practical realities before making the leap.

    • Young HomesteadersOver half of new homesteaders are under 40 years old, drawn to self-sufficiency for various reasons including pride, fear, and a simpler life.

      There's a growing trend among younger generations towards self-sufficiency and homesteading. This was highlighted in a recent study of 4,000 homesteaders, where over half were found to be 39 years old or younger. People are drawn to this lifestyle for various reasons, including a desire for pride in producing their own food and goods, and a fear of potential future scenarios where digital currency and government regulations could limit access to essentials. The romanticized idea of a simpler, more self-sufficient life also plays a role. While some may see this as a return to the past, others view it as a modern adaptation to potential future challenges. Regardless of the motivation, it's clear that there's a strong interest in homesteading among the younger population.

    • Homesteading benefitsHomesteading offers self-sufficiency, control, affordability, community, better food, and long-term savings, making it an attractive lifestyle choice for those seeking to reconnect with nature and live more intentionally.

      Homesteading is an attractive lifestyle choice for many due to a desire for self-sufficiency, control over food and education, affordability, and a slower pace of life. Homesteaders aim to be completely self-sufficient and even generate revenue through selling surplus produce and teaching others about their lifestyle. Additionally, the community aspect and the appeal of better food are significant draws. While there are costs involved, the long-term savings and the benefits of living a more intentional life are perceived as worthwhile. Homesteading offers an alternative to the hustle and bustle of modern life and provides an opportunity to reconnect with nature and live in a more mindful way.

    • Homesteading benefitsHomesteading offers benefits like being in touch with nature, eating healthier and more affordably, promoting an active lifestyle, fostering a deeper connection with the natural world, and instilling values of responsibility and hard work in children.

      Living a simpler, more self-sufficient lifestyle, such as homesteading, can offer numerous benefits including being in touch with nature, eating healthier and more affordably, and even promoting a more active lifestyle. This conversation between George and John revealed that homesteading involves various tasks, from gardening and animal rearing to maintaining a greenhouse and keeping a tidy farmhouse. While some find joy and fulfillment in these activities, others may find it challenging or even morally complex. Regardless, the experience of homesteading can foster a deeper connection with the natural world and instill values of responsibility and hard work in children. Ultimately, it's about embracing a more intentional and sustainable way of living.

    • Homesteading Roles and HensContribute to homesteading by cooking, selling flowers, handling social media, learning about hens, determining egg fertility, and understanding cow prices. A group of hens is called a brood, and a fertilized egg can be identified by candling. Holstein dairy cows cost between $15,000 and $211,000.

      Homesteading involves various roles and responsibilities, and there's a steep learning curve. During a podcast discussion, Lindsey and Rachel shared their potential contributions to a homestead. Lindsey planned to help with cooking and sell flowers, while Rachel would handle social media. They also tested their homesteading knowledge, learning about hens, fertilized eggs, and cow prices. A key discovery was that a group of hens is called a brood, and to determine if an egg is fertilized, it's candled by holding it up to a bright light source. The average price of a Holstein dairy cow is between $15,000 and $211,000. They also discussed using a tractor for farming tasks like tilling and wheat pickup. To keep a greenhouse warm, it relies on the heat produced through photosynthesis and the trapped humidity from the water in the sun.

    • Homesteading costsStarting a homestead involves significant upfront costs and ongoing commitment, with expenses including land, tools, livestock, and infrastructure development. Costs have increased significantly over the years.

      Starting a homestead involves significant upfront costs, including purchasing land, tools, and livestock, and developing infrastructure like greenhouses and wells. For instance, a couple who started a homestead in Idaho in 2015 spent $30,000 in the first 5 months on land, an RV, a pickup truck, a generator, and tools and materials. However, they may have found old or used items to keep costs down. Today, these costs would likely be 5 to 10 times higher. Additionally, long-term homesteading includes maintaining animals for milk, honey, and other products, as well as growing food for self-sufficiency. Overall, while homesteading can lead to financial freedom and self-sufficiency, it requires a substantial initial investment and ongoing commitment.

    • Homesteading costsBeing debt-free and financially prepared is crucial before embarking on homesteading due to significant upfront costs, but the lifestyle offers numerous benefits such as improved health and self-sufficiency.

      While long-term homesteading can save money and provide a higher quality of life, it comes with significant upfront costs. Therefore, it's essential to be debt-free and financially prepared before embarking on this journey. Building a home wisely and possibly purchasing a homestead that's already set up can help reduce some of the initial expenses. Homesteading offers numerous benefits, including improved health, self-sufficiency, and a deeper connection to nature. However, it also comes with challenges such as social isolation and the physical demands of the work. Ultimately, homesteading may not be for everyone, but for those who are committed, it can lead to a fulfilling and rewarding lifestyle.

    • Quick satisfying contentExploring quick, satisfying content on platforms like YouTube and TikTok can lead to a sense of accomplishment, transformation, appreciation for kindness, and discovery of unique hobbies and interests.

      There's a growing trend towards watching quick, satisfying content on platforms like YouTube and TikTok. This content can range from rug cleaning to yard makeovers, and it provides viewers with a sense of accomplishment and transformation. Another common theme is the appreciation for acts of generosity and kindness. Additionally, people often have unique hobbies and interests that can lead them down deep rabbit holes of exploration and discovery. Whether it's watching interviews with actors or learning about dance studios, the internet offers endless opportunities for exploration and connection. So next time you find yourself with some free time, consider exploring a new channel or topic that sparks your curiosity. You never know what you might discover!

    • Rihanna's performanceListening to Rihanna's Super Bowl performance while pregnant moved a listener with her strength and beauty, and trying a new mocktail recipe added to the joyful experience

      Rihanna's Super Bowl performance continues to inspire a listener, even though she watched it while pregnant years ago. The listener is moved by Rihanna's strength and beauty, and the experience brings her joy every time she revisits it. Additionally, they enjoyed trying a new mocktail recipe, an Earl Grey tea and tonic, which they rate highly. The listener was impressed by the simplicity of making Earl Grey simple syrup at home, and they appreciate the cost-effectiveness of the drink. Overall, the conversation covered various topics, from entertainment and inspiration to home-made cocktails and homesteading.

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