Homesteading & Other Trending Home-Based Activities

August 26, 2022
Homesteading & Other Trending Home-Based Activities

In early 2020, more and more people began doing projects around the house that they quickly realized brought many benefits. With so many things spinning out of their control, gardening, baking bread, keeping chickens, and conducting other homesteading endeavors were ways to be more grounded and self-reliant, have a dependable source of food, get in better health, and save money.

Some homesteaders reported feeling that they may have been less impacted by the coronavirus – directly or indirectly – as a result of being self-sufficient. They seldom had to go to the grocery store because they already had canned fruits and vegetables (that they grew or bartered for) in their pantries. Social distancing wasn’t much of a problem because they lived in rural/remote settings to being with. Eating organic, locally sourced food gave them a stronger immune system.

People found that they didn’t have to go to drastic measures to be more self-sustaining. One need not move entirely off the grid and sleep in a yurt to reap the benefits of the homesteading lifestyle. It could be as simple as having fresh tomatoes for your meals, cutting fragrant flowers for your home, or growing bee-friendly plants to encourage a healthy, well-pollinated ecosystem in your area. You or someone you know likely got involved in bread baking.

Another related trend that seemed to grow is sustainable clothing and “visible mending,” called “sashiko”in Japan. People want to buy clothes produced ethically, make them last longer, and even sew them at home. The repair industry will likely continue to grow even as the pandemic becomes less impactful in daily life.

For me, living in a heavily wooded area makes growing fruits and vegetables a real challenge. On the other hand, we have plenty of space for chickens! We currently have 3 “girls” and there are quite a few advantages of having them around! Besides the entertainment value(you’re missing out if you’ve never watched a hen chase a firefly around the yard!), chickens bring a wealth of positives. Here are just a few:

·       Natural pest control – the girls adore eating ticks and that is quite handy and healthy for me!

·       Natural fertilizer – their poop replenishes nutrients in the soil

·       Food – the girls’ eggs make the tastiest omelets

·       Compost – the soiled wood shavings from their coop and the empty eggshells from the kitchen are great additions to the compost bin

September is National Chicken Month! To help you build eye-catching displays, we’ve created a list of titles that will help your patrons have the healthiest and happiest hens on the block.

For your readers who love to find or grow their own food, be sure to have these books about encouraging pollinators, foraging, and growing mushrooms.

We have two lists for homesteaders:one for patrons ready to make the leap into the self-sufficient lifestyle and one for “dabblers” who are interested in the cottagecore aesthetic.

 

 

Homesteading & Other Trending Home-Based Activities

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