You Don’t Need to be an Expert!

Hello All,

Sorry for the delay!  We have been hibernating during the last final months of winter up here in Maine- March and April are funny that way, aren’t they?

Most of our days have been spent at our new day jobs (more to come), but during our free time and into the wee hours of the morning, we’ve been reading, discussing, learning, brainstorming, list-writing and all sorts of over-thinking about our great homesteading plans.  It took us until the last couple days (probably due to the wonderful, rejuvenating, warm sun that finally broke out this week) to realize that we don’t have to be experts, we can start small and learn on the go!

To give you a sneak peak, we’ve decided to start making all of our own household cleaners,  body products, and pet food, try to shop within our budget at the local farmers market, learn to brew a few more alcoholic beverages, and start a herb garden in our new backyard so that we may be able to afford Israel’s delicious Italian cooking and my own tea obsession.  Besides the trend of sustainable, local and DIY efforts, we decided to do this because:

  • it’s better and healthier for all of us, but especially me with my allergies and sensitive stomach and skin that I also share with our cat, Ricky
  • it’s more sustainable and in-line with our values (re-usable packaging, supporting local farmers, no animal testing or chemicals etc.)
  • it’s a fun and fulfilling way to spend time with each other and build connection with our neighbors
  • it’s cheaper, plain and simple

Some of our resources include:

Buy Local Portland, for helping us transition to local, independent sources

Crunchy Betty

The wonderfully friendly and bright farmers at the Portland Farmers’ Market

The lovely folks and community apothecary at Portland’s Justice in the Body



make your place:  affordable, sustainable nesting skills by Raleigh Briggs (2009)

Nourishing Traditions:  The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon with Mary G Enig, Ph.D.

yotg_cover_150The Prairie Homestead

The Year of the Goat:  40,000 Miles and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese by Margaret Hathaway (2007)

And as I came to a close writing this post, I found this quote, shared by my former life-coach Deb Bergeron:  “Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”
~ Veronica A. Shoffstall

More to come soon, and we’ll try to remember to take photos of our attempts if our hands aren’t too messy!