Notes from the Homestead

Author: Jeremy

Micro blog – ep. I

Voltaire once said – more or less – “the perfect is the enemy of the good.” I’d like to have the time and the mental capacity to write a fantastic 5000 word masterpiece to summarize all the shenanigans of the past 18 months, but I have neither. Candidly, I haven’t fully formed an opinion on a lot of things that happened and I’m still working through it. The intent back when I started this blog was to simply share what was going on and to hope that maybe there was a nugget of information that could help someone out. There have been some drafts in the folder for months and months that I never published. Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t. The “me” that wrote those knew a lot more than the current “me” that has lived though the first full cycle of seasons out here. There was a lot more learning than I expected, so I want to write down some of those things and maybe they can still help someone.

The first thing I learned is this – you don’t have to wait to start. We could have been growing rabbits for years. They take a minimal amount of space, they make no noise to speak of, they generate some of the best fertilizer in the world, and they would be perfect for raising in a suburban back yard. We could have been much farther ahead (and had a freezer full of healthy protein) if we hadn’t waited until we had a “homestead” to do homesteading things. Because we waited, we ended up with a steeper learning curve than we needed.

So my current advice to past me is “Start!” Do what you can where you are. If you want to live a more sustainable life, or be a little more self-sufficient, get started! Researching, and planning, and watching homesteading YouTube videos is great, but it can also be an excuse to stall. “I want to know a little bit more… I need to plan a little bit more…” Pick something. And start!

Welcome to the Homestead!

This is the online home of All Us Morgans Homestead. We wanted to create a place to log what we were doing – a diary, more or less – and to share things we’ve learned.

We moved out of the city to our little place in August of 2021. Currently we’re learning a lot about how to set up a small 2+ acre homestead and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. We are breeding meat rabbits, raising chickens and ducks for eggs, and raising the occasional pig to fill the freezer with protein.

I think it’s going to be more and more important to be a little more self-sufficient in the coming years, as well as to build a stronger community of like-minded people. This site will serve as a tiny little outpost and I hope it helps someone.

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