Tips to Build a Homestead Community
Starting a homestead on your own can seem quite daunting, especially when you feel as if you a really are on your own.  Maybe, like me, you didn't grow up on a homestead, you have never owned any land of your own, even preserving foods is a new thing.  It's all very brand new and you don't know who to turn to when you have questions.

This is where having a local homestead community comes in quite handy.  If you don't yet know any local homesteaders, here are a few tips to help you grow your local homesteading community:
1. Join a local farmers market.  If you don't have something that you can sell then visit frequently and get to know the vendors.  But, it's really not that hard to come up with ideas for a booth of your own.  Veggies, homemade goods, handmade items, the ideas are endless.  Just be sure you check your state's cottage laws to know what is and isn't allowed.  If there is no local farmers market in your area, you can check in with the county office and see if there is a way to set one up.

2.  This one is for homeschoolers: Join a local homeschool co-op.  That may seem like an out of the box way of thinking, but trust me, it's golden!  The number of connections I have made solely from our homeschool group are endless.  What I have found is that other homeschoolers tend to have similar values, beliefs, and lifestyles.
Here's a short list of all that I have found within my homeschool co-op:
  • grass-fed beef
  • whole chickens (processed)
  • eggs
  • farmers market
  • gardening skills
  • baking skills
  • homemade soaps, balms, etc
  • natural remedies (info on what to use, practitioner info, etc)
  • many more...this is just a short list.
3.  If you are unable to do all that you want on your own (like raising cows to butcher, chickens for eggs, gardening, etc), talk to others in your community.  Is there someone who loves to garden and has the space for a large garden, but doesn't have the time to put into it all?  Can you offer your help with tending the garden and getting some of the fresh produce in return?  

4.  Check with your local trade school and either take classes or get names of homesteaders in the community who you can connect with.

5.  Join a community garden (or start one if there isn't one).  Check with your county office for info.

6.  Join online groups/communities to help you connect with others in your area.  This can be a great place when you have questions specific to the area you live in.  Maybe you want to know more about your gardening zone or how to care for livestock during different types of weather.  You can gain (and offer) a lot of insight in these kind of groups.

These are just some of the ways I have found useful in my homesteading journey.  As I expand my knowledge and ability to do more, I know that I have a community of like-minded friends who are always willing and able to help.  It may be teaching me how to process a chicken for meat, what to grow in my garden, or where to take the goats for matter what needs I have, chances are I can find the answers inside one of the above mentioned groups.  And, as always, continue to follow me on my journey as I share with you tips I find useful along the way.  You can also join my monthly membership where I share even more tips, recipes, education, and more!

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