Changing the way we live... one home at a time
What this site is all about: Who are we?
"Alienation from nature..."
"In our specialized industrialized society there are few people who actually
see where their food comes from. Stores and the food industry stand
between the user and the farmer and gardener, who also more and more
are turning to the use of industrial production procedures. The conserving,
harmonious dealing with earth, plants, and animals is being pushed aside
by economic pressures; food is becoming loaded with pollutants - to some
degree, pollutants from the processes of production itself, but primarily
those from industry and heavy traffic. Many people are afraid that their food
no longer meets their standards and thus consider raising it themselves.
Very few in our society can become completely independant, subsisting
entirely on their own produce. But we are able to create a limited area
in which we consciously experience how, with adroit collaberation with plants
and animals, food is produced without harming nature."
- Ulrich Jaudas "The New Goat Handbook" (Barrons 1989)
"Around the Sun" by our friends Echo Movement from the new album "Love and the Human Outreach". Find their music at:
Eco Homesteads began with our family's desire to grow our own food and live a sustainable lifestyle. As young parents we decided early on that it was vital to not only feed our children healthy and nutritious organic foods, but to inculcate in them the importance of living in a manner that does not bring harm to our planet and home. Our journey started with small steps such as buying local fresh produce from eco-minded farmers, and has led us to the ultimate destination of self sustainability. As a result, our family has reaped countless benefits. We enjoy the pleasures of good health and the satisfaction that comes as result of growing much of our own food. We are not alone. Many families are making the move towards being more connected to the food they eat.
We live in a "throw away" consumer based world that takes little note of what they are eating or how they are impacting the earth. As you become more aware of how our food sources are being tampered with for both profit and "necessity", from genetically modified crops to synthetic chemicals in processed foods, it is easy to be concerned for your families health. The thought of turning whatever land you may have into a "homestead" may be intimidating, however with a little innovation and planning it can be done! Our family "homestead" is on a little under three acres of property that is directly adjacent to a large subdivision. We have the benifit of being zoned "rural" (A-1 Ag 1), however you can grow your own foods in a sustainable manner even in an urban setting. Start as we did with a few small raised garden boxes filled with a mixture of rich soil and organic composts, plant a few select food crops in these boxes, nurture them and watch your food grow!
We will be keeping a family blog where we will show our journey of environmental responsibility and the growth of our homestead. As I write this, we are in the process of building a goat barn for our two Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats we will be bringing home soon!
Please look at our "Links" page where you can find many resources that will help you on your path to living a sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you may have! We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to make your homestead dreams a reality!
Our good friends Echo Movement!
Listento them while you grow!