Get Advice on Avoiding Homestead Burnout and Common Pitfalls

You’ve read the books and magazine articles describing success stories of how a family bought a homestead some thirty years ago, and they’re now a raging success selling produce, soap, cheese, or some other value added product. Maybe you know people who’ve done that near where you live. And maybe you’d like to copy their model and have a homestead as part of your preparedness strategy.

But many don’t make it.

What if the whole family’s not on board with your plans? What do you do if your country neighbors don’t take kindly to your efforts and ideas? What if you’ve bitten off more than you can chew with too many animals and too large of a garden?

Whether you’re still dreaming about having your own place in the country, or you’ve been living there for a while, I invite you to check out the article on homestead burnout from the March-April 2012 issue of “Backwoods Home Magazine.”

It’s written by Jackie Clay-Atkinson. She’s well versed in the realities of homestead living. Her wisdom is invaluable because she’s a woman who’s been there, done that. Let her advice help you avoid homestead burnout and common pitfalls.


Homestead burnout

what it is and how to avoid it

By Jackie Clay-Atkinson

I’ve frequently heard the glowing dreams from folks who are on the brink of moving to a new homestead: “We’re going to build a cabin in the woods, homeschool our children, grow all our own food, cut our own wood to heat our cabin, have lots of animals (goats, chickens, cows, horses, dogs, and cats), make our own clothes, spin yarn, knit, weave, make soap, cheese, and sell crafts. We’re going to live off the land!”

I wholeheartedly applaud such dreams, for in these dreams is woven the lifeblood of the homesteader, us included. While some families do succeed in flying after this ambitious dream, far more flop, fail, and return to the city with their dreams crushed, feeling like a total failure. Why?

Read the whole article here:

Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine. 1-800-835-2418.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.