Inspiration is a resource that can come from many sources.
Everyone who has gardened or is gardening would probably tell you they had someone who inspired them. Someone who showed them what gardening could bring. Someone who gave them the push they needed. I’m no different.
My first inspiration is always my mom. I grew up watching her tend her garden. While she didn’t add food crops until I was a teenager, even getting to experience her growing flowers was inspiring. Getting to see her garden grow from a plot of tomatoes smaller than my garden to the massive beauty it is now has been an experience I’m thankful to have had.
My mom now has a garden that covers a quarter of an acre. She homesteads full time and grows so much food; not only for us, but members of our community too. I’ve gotten to see her grow her CSA. (community supported agriculture) I’ve gotten to watch her pursue her passion and that’s been beyond amazing.
I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t have doubts in the beginning. I watched the mom I knew to work a forty hour work week at desk suddenly become a self-employed homesteader. That was a big shift, but in seeing how her endeavor has progressed in the past four or five years, it gives me the hope and inspiration to want to try it myself.
I’d love to become a homesteader and seeing what she’s been able to do with the resources she has taught me a lot of important lessons.
Of course, she’s not my only inspiration. YouTube provides an amazing platform to find people who do things that you are interested in. For me, that was finding people who gardened and homesteaded and showed their journeys on YouTube. Getting to see these creators over time really lifted me up and made my dreams seem more achievable.
It’s always good when you gain hope and trust in your dreams. So many times I’ve had a dream and given up on it because I came to believe it was impossible to achieve. In having access to content created by people who are doing what I want to do, I feel like I can reach my goals with work.
My favorite YouTube creators are Roots and Refuge Farm and Hollar Homestead. Both are amazing channels and I highly recommend you check them out if you have any interest in growing food or living a homestead life.
Jess and Miah from Roots and Refuge farm create daily vlogs showing their everyday life on a farm located in Northern Arkansas. I love getting to see the videos they make of harvests. They’ve made videos on harvesting tomatoes, peppers, and sweet potatoes. All were good videos. Jess is also incredibly uplifting and always offers solid advise for people like me who want to try homesteading, but are frequently intimidated.
Another homesteading channel I really like is Hollar Homestead. They have shown me that there’s multiple paths to reach the same end goal of having a homestead. In their earlier videos they also show how even with a little bit of land and while living in a neighborhood, you can still make efforts to help sustain yourself.
The couple behind Hollar Homestead originally lived in California and then made the leap to sell almost all of their possessions and their house to travel the country in search of home. They packed their family of six into a camper and traveled across the country for about a year sight seeing and exploring all the places that could be a potential full time homestead.
I have been so inspired by their journey. It’s really given me ideas as to what I want to do in the future. I would love to have the opportunity to save up and then pare down so I could buy a camper, pack up, and just hit the road. I’d love to get to see what the country has to offer and truly figure out where I want home to be.
Meg is also an incredible person. She makes and sells her own soap and other personal care products on Etsy. She also worked on her family’s homestead while pregnant! That takes strength. During her pregnancy they were also still living in their camper while they remodeled the trailer that was already on their property when they bought it.
Presently, I could not imagine living in a camper almost all the way up until I gave birth. Campers are very small and definitely do not have the amenities even a trailer has.
There have been so many other people who’ve inspired me, even in a little way, along the way. From documentaries I’ve watched, to homesteading movies my mom has shown me, to random videos that’ve popped up in my YouTube feed, I’ve learned so much. Every time I see something new, whether it’s a new YouTube video, or a new Instagram post, or my mom growing something new, I am so inspired.
I highly recommend that, if you have an interest in gardening or homesteading, you check out homesteaders on YouTube. You can find so much inspiration there and I know I really enjoy it too. You can learn a lot from others and you can even get to see what you may want to do!
Don’t be intimidated by your dreams. There’s always people who’ve done what you want to do and seeing them do it can really boost your confidence. I know it has for me.
Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog. Whether you stay for a day, a week, a month, or a year, I appreciate you. -Kate