Design

Turn your homesteading dream into reality through intentional design. We share our experiences designing our lifestyle from scratch, including setting intentions, land considerations, permaculture assessment, finding community, building a homestead income, and more.

  • Breaking Free from the 9-to-5 Condition and Designing a Life with Joy

    Breaking Free from the 9-to-5 Condition and Designing a Life with Joy

    Eight years ago I found myself volunteering at a permaculture homestead in the forest. I traded my labor for room, board, experience and knowledge. I had originally planned a journey to volunteer at several homesteads and farms for six months. I must have needed more time immersing and learning because the journey evolved into over…

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  • What is Homesteading? and Choose to Start Now (Wherever You Are)

    What is Homesteading? and Choose to Start Now (Wherever You Are)

    Are you feeling the tug to start homesteading but don’t know where or how to begin? I am here to tell you that it may be much easier than you think. Becoming a homesteader starts with an intention, with a choice. Choosing to start homesteading was a difficult choice for me to make. I loved…

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  • How To Craft Your Homestead Intentions

    How To Craft Your Homestead Intentions

    My path into homesteading started with a strong intention to follow my passions and my heart. When I made the intention and spoke it out loud, I could hardly believe what I was hearing myself say. My heart was beating and I felt more alive. Since that moment of choice I’ve realized the power of…

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  • How To Brainstorm Homestead Income Ideas

    How To Brainstorm Homestead Income Ideas

    Brainstorming is a helpful tool for exploring a new idea or practice, such as a homestead business, or ways of generating income from the homestead. But more than that, a good brainstorm can be fun, refreshing, inspiring, invigorating, empowering and enlivening. I’ve used this process to brainstorm many things in my life. I’ve often used…

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  • Designing for Short Term Yield

    Designing for Short Term Yield

    Many of our homestead and permaculture projects take multiple seasons to plan and execute. They should be worth the wait, but in the meantime its also nice to have some smaller wins along the way that complement our greater objectives. This case study shares a design process for a single experimental crop over the course…

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