I never fit the profile of the typical homesteaders. For my life isn’t centered around raising animals for food. Planting a garden is part of it, but not a do or die situation. I have lived off the grid for sixteen years now, but now it doesn’t seem any different than the way other people live. In the beginning it was a new experience. Now it is just life. My life is more involved with business. KG Lupole LLC is my business and that is where I spend most of my day. It is compromised of several varieties of selling revenues.
No matter where you live or what you do, you have to have an income, even typical homesteaders do. We need some kind of money coming in from somewhere. If you have to get up every morning and drive to a job, your home, which may be in a secluded area, is left empty while you are gone. It wouldn’t take someone long to figure out what your schedule is. Our energy system consists of expensive components, that would be pretty easy for someone to steal. I feel it is important for us to be home as much as possible. If you are working at a job, then when you come home it will be nonstop chores. It can be very stressful.
Working from home on the computer gives me the option to go outside for a couple of hours and work in the garden or harvest some apples from the trees in the forest. If I worked away from home, I probably wouldn’t have time to get those apples. Typical homesteaders are working all day long on the garden and caring for their livestock. We chose not to raise animals for food because they tie you down. There is a lot of work involved with raising them and caring for them. Not to mention the processing them into your food, which I choose to not to do. Remember there is no job description with this job of homesteading. You make it what you want it to be. If you are new to homesteading here are some books to get you started:
The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition – The Original Manual of Living Off the Land & Doing It Yourself by Carla Emery
The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach Paperback – by Ben Falk
The Woodland Homestead: How to Make Your Land More Productive and Live More Self-Sufficiently in the Woods Paperback by Brett McLeod
The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! Paperback
by Carleen Madigan
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