One of the best things about homesteading in 2019 is the fact that there are so many people experimenting, learning, failing, and sharing their stories on blogs. You can learn new recipes, get inspiration for your next homesteading project, be entertained and make virtual homesteading friends. To help with that, I’ve gathered my favorite homesteading blogs (besides this one of course!) for you to read in 2019!
When we first moved to our homestead, we made it a point to meet all of our neighbors. It surprised us to find out that they all shared in our homesteading passion. One raises cattle, one raises bees, one’s an excellent gardener. But we’ve learned from each of them. Whether you live in the country or an apartment, these homesteading bloggers can act as your virtual neighbors – sharing their stories, their knowledge, their passion.
Give each of them a look, sign up for their newsletters, surround yourself with people who are passionate about homesteading and will help and support you on your journey.
“To remain far-sighted, you need to surround yourself with far-sighted visionaries. You need to surround yourself with people who think like you. You need to surround yourself with people who speak the same language as you. You need to surround yourself with people who fight and refuse to give up on their destiny. You need to surround yourself with people whose testimonies give you reasons to press on.”D.S. Mashego
Just Plain Living – Sustainable Living to Heal Body and Soul
Marie’s blog Just Plan Living speaks to me on a deep level. She also believes that self sufficiency is the key to a good life. Check out her story of being a city homesteader, an off-grid out in the boonies homesteader, and now an on-grid, rural town homesteader. She writes about essential oils, food storage, gardening, homemaking and has a TON of beautiful recipes on her homesteading blog.
Besides the fact that Shaye and her husband and children are gorgeous, her photography is gorgeous, and her recipes have now become my family’s favorites, her raw, honest, deep way of writing speaks to me on a deeper level. She doesn’t just talk about recipes and essential oils, she talks about the why of homesteading, the heart behind it, the heartbreak and vulnerability. And reading her words about it gives me permission to share my own heart and vulnerability. If you cuddle up with a cup of tea and a good book at night, next time, try cuddling up with a cup of tea and Shaye’s site.
Back to Our Roots – Traditional Foods, Old-Fashioned Crafts, Frugal Living
Cery at Back to Our Roots writes all things homesteading and homemaking, but her focus is on delicious home-grown recipes, traditional foods and preservation techniques. Want to learn more about canning, traditional fats like lard, and sourdough? Cery’s your girl.
Reformation Acres has it all – DIY crafts, recipes, printables, gardening tips, livestock guides, even a homesteading app. This beautiful website is full of hours of useful reading, instruction, and inspiration. Her homesteading printables may finally help me get organized this year! (lol here’s to hoping)
Dogwood Pond Farms – Naturally Farm Fresh Living
If you need help in the garden, Katherine at Dogwood Pong Farms is my favorite. She blogs about everything from no-till gardening, composting, beneficial insects, and how to cook the produce you grow from your garden. I love how effortlessly she combines personal stories with facts. She truly feels like an old friend chatting about her garden over coffee.
Another jam-packed (hehe get it?) homesteading blog full of information. Jill and her husband and three kids homestead on a 67 acre farm in Wyoming. She covers everything from essential oils, livestock, gardening, recipes, and homesteading skills. She also has a ton of beautiful ebooks for sale and a newsletter worth subscribing to!
Original Homesteading – Traditional Simple Living
Living in western Wyoming, Cathy has raised her seven children and several home businesses and farm on one income. She believes that frugal tips, healthy recipes, and a simple lifestyle can help you develop YOUR original, unique, homestead. Her experience and enthusiasm are addictive. Definitely check her out.
If podcasts or an online homesteading academy are more your style, I cannot recommend Melissa Norris enough. Don’t get me wrong, she also has a lovely blog, but when I’m driving, or out in the garden, I prefer to listen to her podcast.
Healing Harvest Homestead– Inspiring Simple Self-Reliance
Heidi might be my favorite homesteading blogger. Her posts mainly focus around herbal remedies, DIY health products, and essential oils. Her newsletters are fantastic! Each one is FULL of helpful recipes, tips, advice and more. I usually don’t have a lot of time for my inbox, but I always make sure to take the time to read Heidi’s.
Souly Rested – because simple joys require hard work
Michelle from Souly Rested is a kindred spirit. She lovingly shares details about her 200 year old farmhouse, cooking with the lilac bushes growing outside her front door, and surviving grief. Her honest, thoughtful, soulful posts let you know you’re not alone. I find that she’s often like me – looking at the world around her and seeing what fun, new experiments she can do with them. Like taping the maple trees in her backyard and developing an entire maple syrup how-to and cookbook. If you’re looking for a dear friend and down-to-earth homesteadin’ mama, she’s your girl.
Mindy’s story echoes my own = financial difficulties led her and her family to a simpler, and more self-sufficient way of life…that ended up have dozens of other benefits! A homesteader was born. Now she shares soooo many incredibly valuable, free resources, her site will instantly become one of your favorites! Check her out and let me know what you think!
I hope this list will help you grow your homestead, your larder, your recipe book (or box) and your confidence. It’s important to surround ourselves with community – with people with the same goals and visions that we have – to help support us, build us, inspire us.
That’s where you come in – Have I missed anyone? Who are your favorite homesteading bloggers? Who has helped you the most on your homesteading journey? I’m happy to add as many homesteading blogs to this list as possible!