I am so happy that you’re here! It’s great to meet you!
Do you have a few minutes for some coffee with me? I would love to get to know you!
I’m Kelly….wife, mother, farmer, beekeeper, food preserver, chicken mama and as of late, Nana.
I live on 10 acres in southwest Ohio with my husband and children. It’s our mission to grow as much of our own food as we can, become financially independent and to be good stewards of the earth.
But our story began about 30 years ago!
I had become disillusioned with my career and my life. Even though I made very good money, more than most men at the time, I was depressed and stressed out. The money and the glory just wasn’t worth it anymore.
My lifestyle wasn’t good for me and it wasn’t sustainable. Something would have to give.
I longed for meaning and purpose in my life. Fulfillment. Joy. Peace.
- I wanted to be free from debt
- I wanted to raise our own food and provide for our own needs
- I wanted my children to know where food comes from
- I wanted to go back to the basics of life
Did this kind of lifestyle have a name?
Back then, the internet wasn’t in everyone’s home like it is today. So, I went to the library to look for “back to the land” books.
It was during that process that I discovered a word that would change the next 30 years of my life.
Homesteading: A lifestyle of independence, providing for one’s own needs including food, water, power and clothing.
YES! This was exactly what I had been looking for! I was on a mission to learn all that I could about homesteading!
Here are some of the books that got me started down this path and I highly recommend them. They are on my personal bookshelf.
But before any change of lifestyle could take place, we had to deal with our debt.
It would take extreme measures and 3 1/2 years to pay off over $100K of debt, you can read that story here.
I know first hand how debt can rob you of your dreams.
The only way to deal with it is “head on”. I’ve been there and I know what it’s like.
I can help you!
To conquer debt, you must:
Stop Spending – Lower Your Overhead – Side Hustle Income
With my background in business, I have built a homestead that brings in income! I can show you how you can do it too!
While we worked on paying down our debt, we decided to “homestead” where we were at…the suburbs.
Our lot was very small.
However, we tore out all of the landscaping and planted a vegetable garden!
(Did I mention all of the wonderful food you can find foraging?)
I also took advantage of a community garden down the road, and was able to grow even more food!
This allowed me plenty of fresh produce to practice food preservation methods! Learning to preserve food is paramount to successful homesteading!
If you have wanted to learn how to can and preserve food, but have felt intimidated, I get it.
I can help you!
I will walk you through all of the steps, with lots of pictures, until you’re comfortable!
Once we were able to purchase 10 acres out in the country, we planted an orchard and started putting in perennials.
Then came the livestock: chickens and goats. Alpaca. Horses. Donkeys. Cows. Honeybees.
How does a novice learn how to take care of farm animals successfully? Which animals are the best investment? What should you avoid?
Again, I’ve been there and I can help you!
So, let’s get to know each other! Tell me about you!
Which one describes you best?
I’m a complete novice: 54 Ways to Be More Sustainable
I’m a wannabe homesteader: 5 Mistakes Newbie Homesteaders Make
I’m in major debt and need help! How We Paid Off $100K of Debt in 3 1/2 Years
I homestead and need more income coming in: 86 Ways to Make on a Small Farm
I’m ready to can and preserve my own food: Canning Carrots in a Pressure Canner for Beginners
I’m alone. Can I still homestead? How to Homestead Alone and Not DIE in the Process
I’m broke! Can I still homestead? How to Homestead When You’re Broke
Again, welcome to Gently Sustainable! I hope you’ll stay awhile!