Modern Steader is my latest project. More folks are looking for ways to transition to a more sustainable way of life but are challenged by the confines of today’s society. Modern Steader will guide would-be modern homesteaders with how-to resources, interviews with successful steaders, and first-hand accounts from our team as we explore how modern homesteading fits into our lives. I plan to launch the site in late Spring 2014.
For almost a decade I’ve wanted to move my family to Colorado, specifically Ft. Collins. We sold our cabin in southern Utah more than 5 years ago to facilitate the move but the real estate collapse put a hard stop on those plans.
But this summer the market had recovered enough for us to sell our home in Las Vegas putting us a step closer to Colorado. Now, it’s just waiting for the end of the school year so that we can make the move in the least disruptive way possible for our two boys.
So in summer 2014 we plan to pack up everything that we call ours and make our way to the Front Range to begin the rebuilding process there. A rental home, schools, work – it all needs attention before we can really focus on the development of our own modern homesteading lifestyle.
The desire to own land, build the dream home, and raise our boys in the foothills of the Rockies is closer than it has ever been but there is so much to learn.
- Where do we want to buy land and how do we evaluate it?
- How do you manage 20-40 acres?
- What skills are required to become more self-sufficient?
- How should the land be managed to maximize the efficiency of growing our own food?
- How do animals like goats, chickens, and pigs fit into the plan?
- How can passive solar and wind energy by harnessed to meet our needs?
- Can I live in the mountains, off the grid, maintaining an active farm, and still effectively manage my businesses?
Those bullets give me butterflies every time I consider them. But it’s the good kind of butterflies. You know, the ones where you just can’t wait to jump in head first and start making things happen. I’ve been there for years!
With my personal journey into self-sufficiency on the horizon it just made sense to share the experience. It’s what bloggers do, right! So I have been working on the business model for Modern Steader the last few months and hope to have the project launched in Spring 2014.
You can expect to read about my personal journey as well as regular contributions from some of the most accomplished homesteaders offering a range of perspectives from urban homesteading to those managing larger rural homesteads.
The confines of modern society are different for everyone but Modern Steader will provide a viable plan for anyone that seeks to improve their quality of life through increased self-sufficiency.