Homesteading is a word from a bygone era, but there are modern homesteaders committed to a belief that this lifestyle is about much more than just establishing a place and growing food.
Jessi Bloom is committed to working her land sustainably, while teaching her young sons the importance of living with intention. As a speaker and author of Free-Range Chicken Gardens and Practical Permaculture, Jessi knows more than a thing or two about successfully raising livestock and organic crops – all in the heart of ultra-urban Seattle, WA.
Her homesteading “neighbor” Erica Strauss is a trained chef and author who has embraced the belief that the garden should guide what takes place in the kitchen. Her book, The Hands-On Home; A Seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving & Natural Homekeeping speaks to exactly that. Along the way, she and her husband find ways to engage their children in a love of the life the land supports.
There is no right or wrong way to homestead in our modern world, but the differing styles that these two women embody in their day-to-day lives will inspire you to view your own landscape from a fresh perspective.
NW Bloom – EcoLogical Landscaping – Jessi Bloom
NW Edible Blog – Erica Strauss
Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard, by Jessi Bloom
Practical Permaculture: for Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth, by Jessi Bloom
The Hands-On Home; A Seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving & Natural Homekeeping, by Erica Strauss
Food Digester PDF
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