Lil’ Ol’ Suburbanite Homesteader, Me

Produce from the garden can fill both the fridge and the pantry
Produce from the garden can fill both the fridge and the pantry

Ok.  I’m not really a homesteader.  I am just a chef who wants to save money and try to get the best food that I can for my family.  I will, garden, forage, and hunt whenever I can to get quality edibles and even, at times, delicacies.  I am not prepping for a revolution or trying to fill a storm cellar for the “End of Days.”  I seriously just want to eat the best food I can on the cheap.

I had received a few comments from fellow bloggers that my blog was scattered and not focused.  I took these comments to heart, and I took offense to them.  I wasn’t scattered.

Was I?

I stepped away from my blog for a little while.  I didn’t want to write anymore if it was just random ramblings or appeared that way to others.  Why would I waste my time?

But it was at this point that I realized two things.

  1.  My posts, articles, and social media posts were not random.  I however had not declared and or even realized my niche.
  2. I started blogging for me.  Not to be rude, I don’t give a damn what anyone thinks about it.

I know that it seems like an odd approach for someone who wants to gain an audience, but it is exactly what I needed to realize.  Everyone describes finding a voice that is their own, but everyone wants to tell you what it is or how to find it

Huh?

Long story short, I realized what my niche was as it began to evolve.  I am a suburban homesteader.  Well, at least I am a half-assed suburban homesteader.  I don’t want to get into making my own clothes and although making my own soaps and candles seems interesting, it is not what currently draws me into this endeavor.

Yeah! Food makes me happy.
Yeah! Food makes me happy.

Food is my passion.  It always has been and it probably always will be.  My goal is to get my family into a position where we produce as much food for ourselves as we realistically can.  Anywhere that we fall short of this goal, mainly in meat and grain, I want to make sure that we purchase the best that we can afford and that we are proud to consume.

I want to get my family as far away from the grocery store as I can and possibly put some money in our pockets by doing so.  My path to get there will lead through

  • gardening/mushroom cultivation (both indoors and outdoors using natural and technological methods)

    Bit by bit it all adds up.
    Bit by bit it all adds up.
  • home brewing and winemaking (I’ve always want to learn more about them)
  • cooking ( using classical and new methods of cooking, preserving, baking, fermenting, and charcuterie)

    Charcuterie much like other classic culinary techniques help to utilize and preserve.
    Charcuterie much like other classic culinary techniques help to utilize and preserve.
  • Foraging ( it’s free, fun, and great for the whole family)

    Foraging for mushrooms can provide both food and culinary delicacies such as these boletes.
    Foraging for mushrooms can provide both food and culinary delicacies such as these boletes.

The future of homesteading is very exciting.  Technology is opening up new avenues and redefining what homesteading is.  Laws being set by local governments and by many HOA’s will also put dampers on what a family can accomplish on a culinary level.  This, however should not deter the homesteader, whether they be true homesteaders or their urban and suburban counterparts.  Technology, community, and education are what could take homesteading to the next level.  Although the use of the communication grid might be against many ideals, it might be what allows us to further ourselves from other dependencies.

I know that many of my friends and family are currently readying a rubber room so that I don’t hurt myself or others.  I’m not crazy, but instead I am a chef who is hungry for more.  why can’t I grow an orange tree in my dining room so that I know the orange my daughter is eating in her lunch is the ripest?  I can.  I can and I will.  I am going to take every step I can to provide my family with healthy and ripe produce.  I know that this sounds like I will automatically limit my family, but no.  Through the use of traditional gardening and modern technology there is no reason that I can’t produce for my family.  There is no reason that I can’t have produce as exotic and diverse as my perseverance and creativity will allow.


My collection of citrus, mango, and other exotic fruit trees.
My collection of citrus, mango, and other exotic fruit trees.

 

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