Can Homesteading Save the Planet?


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Can homesteading save the planet? Learn how living a more self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyle can help create a better, healthier world. #homesteading #sustainableliving #savetheplanet #sustainabilityI’ve been on a personal mission to save the planet ever since I was a little girl.

When I was a kid, I used to take a garbage bag with me whenever I went for walks in my neighbourhood so I could pick up any litter I came across (which was always a lot). Even as a young child, I couldn’t understand for the life of me how anybody could be so careless about the environment that they would just throw their garbage on the ground.

This passion followed me and manifested itself in many different ways throughout my life, from campaigning to save endangered animals when I was a kid (I once made a sign that said “Save the Tigers” and hung it in my bedroom window), to working abroad with the World Wildlife Fund in my twenties and specializing in Environmental Education when I got my teaching degree.

Even as an adult, when I used to go running, I still always brought a garbage bag with me. I had to stop every few steps and some people stared, but I didn’t mind 🙂

My passion for protecting the environment eventually led me to take more of an interest in what I was eating, where my food was coming from, how it was being produced and what the impact of our modern western lifestyle really is on the planet.

My (now) husband and I started watching a ton of documentaries about the health and environmental impacts of our modern, industrialized food system, excessive consumerism and dependence on governments and big corporations to provide for us on such a large scale. What we learned was enlightening at best, and downright depressing at worst.

 

Related: Why I Homestead

 

Homesteading as a path to a better world

While these documentaries shed a light on the ills of modern society, they also focused on people who were choosing to live more sustainable lifestyles to improve their health and lessen their impact on the planet. Many of them were small farmers, organic gardeners, off-grid enthusiasts, “back-to-the-landers” and “urban homesteaders.”

Collectively, they called themselves homesteaders, and had chosen to opt out of the “rat race” and go back to living a simpler, more self-sufficient lifestyle.

This was really the first time I’d heard this term “homesteading.” Or at least, it was the first time I gave much thought to what it meant.

I became fascinated with the idea of homesteading and started seriously considering it as an option for myself and my future family as well. Fast forward to today, and I think this blog alone is a testament to what came next. Needless to say, I embraced the homesteading lifestyle with open arms and have never looked back.

There are many reasons why this lifestyle works for us, including

  • a desire to become as self-sufficient as possible
  • to eat good-tasting food that’s good for our bodies too
  • to provide our family with a natural, non-toxic environment in which to thrive
  • to inspire our creativity and resourcefulness
  • to challenge ourselves to always keep learning and improving

But one HUGE reason why we choose to homestead is because homesteading offers us a real, tangible way to do our part for the planet.

 

You don’t have to be perfect to make an impact

Now, before I get into some of the ways that YOU TOO can have a positive impact on the environment through homesteading, I want to take a moment to make the following disclaimer: I am not perfect.

Shocking, I know.

But I think it needs to be said, because we seem to live in a world nowadays where everyone is quick to point the finger at each other, judge one another and expect nothing less than absolute perfection from anyone who stands up and speaks out about anything (especially, it seems, when it comes to the environment).

So I’m letting you know right now, I do NOT live some perfect, zero-waste lifestyle.

I have a car that I drive occasionally, and I use technology and work online every day.

I eat meat!

And while I do believe there are many benefits to a plant-based diet and that we should all be consuming a little less meat and a lot more vegetables, I personally believe that sourcing local, ethically-raised, grass-fed meat is better than eating highly processed, genetically modified “meat substitutes” any day.

I even occasionally accept a plastic bag from the store, although I try REALLY hard to refuse any excess packaging or bags.

I also whole-heartedly believe in the scientific evidence that supports climate change, and years of study and critical observation have helped me arrive at the conclusion that human activity is absolutely having a massive impact on the unprecedented speed with which the planet is warming.

I also believe with all of my being that climate change is one of the biggest threats facing humanity (and all life on Earth) today, which is another key reason why growing my own food, becoming more self-sufficient and preparing for an uncertain future is SUPER important to me. 

And in between all of the things I do and believe and stand for, I’m only human. I’m just trying to do my best in an increasingly hostile and judgmental world where it seems that good is never enough.

 

Let’s agree on what we can agree on

I know there will always be people who will disagree with me on certain things, and that’s okay!

Please know that I’m not trying to change anybody’s opinions or beliefs. I respect different points of view and lifestyle choices and I hope you can respect mine as well.

But I’m fully aware of how deeply divided people are over issues like climate change and even what we choose to eat, and how politicized these issues have become over the past few years especially. I’ve seen this division bring out the absolute worst in people, including everything from shaming and name-calling all the way to threats of violence against those with a different opinion.

At the end of the day, the biggest challenge humans have to face is learning how to work together to create a healthier planet and a better future, which is something (I hope) we all want for ourselves, our children and all life on Earth.

And so, we do what we can. And while it may not literally save the planet, I truly believe that every small action, whether positive or negative, truly does make a difference. And that many small actions over time can have a BIG impact.

My hope is that regardless of your personal beliefs, that we can all come together on the issues that we do agree on. And I know that safeguarding our land and creating a healthy environment to grow and live and thrive in is something that most homesteaders hold near and dear to their heart.

How we go about it and what political beliefs we prescribe to are personal choices and opinions. But at the end of the day I think we all have more in common with each other than not, so my hope is that we can focus our attention here instead of on what we believe divides us.

Alright, now that I’ve cleared that up, let’s talk about some of the real, tangible ways that homesteading can help you tread a little lighter on the planet (even if this isn’t the reason why you’ve chosen to homestead).

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Eight ways homesteading can help save the planet

 

1. Homesteading produces less waste

“Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without.” That’s the homesteader mantra, and it can help keep a lot of waste out of the landfill.

Not only is one of the tenets of homesteading to reuse, repair and repurpose as much as possible to save money and avoid having to buy new, as an added bonus, it helps to cut down on consumerism and the subsequent waste that it produces.

Also, when you grow and preserve your own food, that can massively cut down on packaging waste. Even if you don’t grow your own, most homesteaders have a tendency to buy food locally and in-season from other farmers in their area, and more often than not, small farms tend to package their products in compostable containers rather than, say, plastic clamshells like you see in the grocery store. And then if you preserve it yourself, you can reuse glass Mason jars over and over and over again.

 

2. Our food doesn’t travel as far

Again, whether you’re growing food yourself or purchasing it from local farmers when it’s in season, you can massively cut down on the distance your food has to travel, and that helps to reduce your overall carbon footprint too.

If you’re interested in eating more locally (even if you don’t grow your own food yet) check out the book The 100 Mile Diet.

 

Related: 25 Ways to Become More Self-Sufficient

 

3. We produce less food waste

Just as homesteaders tend to produce less waste over all, food waste, specifically, is massively reduced by preserving food at peak ripeness and by cooking from scratch and using the ingredients you have on hand.

Plus, many homesteaders have livestock and/or a compost pile somewhere on their property, so any food scraps can be put to good use by going to feed the animals or by being turned into healthy, nutrient-rich soil for future plantings.

 

4. We use more natural solutions and organic methods

Many modern homesteaders tend to opt for natural, organic solutions over synthetic ones that can be harmful to both our health and the environment. Eliminating harmful substances like Monsanto’s Round Up weed killer, chemical cleaners and “fragrance” sprays and opting for natural solutions like hand-weeding, mulching, using essential oils and making your own all-natural cleaning products keeps dangerous chemicals out of our land, water and air. And that’s good for people and the planet.

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5. Homesteading helps to protect and preserve biodiversity

Whether you’re attracting bees and other pollinators to your property with flowering plants, building a home for Mason bees or hanging a hummingbird feeder, or providing a little food for local critters (we leave most of our sunflower seeds to the birds and squirrels at the end of the season), you’re helping to protect biodiversity in your area, which helps to maintain a thriving ecosystem in areas where humans have moved in and developed the land.

Also, by planting heirloom seeds, saving seeds to replant year after year and trading seeds and plants with others in your community, you can help to protect biodiversity within the plant kingdom and preserve old and ancient strains that might otherwise be lost forever.

 

6. Homesteading (often) uses less energy and produces fewer carbon emissions

While this isn’t necessarily true in every case or for every homesteader, many use less energy and produce less harmful emissions with their lifestyle. Some of the ways we can accomplish this include:

  • staying close to home more often (and therefore not driving, flying or otherwise travelling as much as lots of people do)
  • hanging laundry to dry on a clothesline instead of throwing it in the dryer
  • using rain barrels to collect rainwater instead of watering our plants from the grid
  • living off-grid completely and using less power (obviously this only applies to those homesteaders who actually live off-grid)
  • generally being more conscious about energy efficiency, usage and conservation in our homes and around our homesteads
 

7. Homesteaders produce more and buy less

Much like the way homesteaders tend to produce less waste, we also tend to buy less, produce more and spend our money with more intention. So, for example, many homesteaders prefer to spend their money at the farmer’s market over the grocery store, or on locally-made, organic goods rather than big box stores. We value the quality of the products we buy and the people who grow and make them (not to mention they’re usually much better for us and the planet too!)

We believe in investing in our local communities and economies and supporting small businesses. If possible, we even like to trade with others instead of using money at all! And in the end, we not only produce less waste, but we keep money out of the hands of big, destructive corporations and industries too.

I firmly believe that every dollar you spend (or don’t spend) is a vote cast. In fact, I would venture to say that our buying power is THE most most powerful tool we have to make a difference in the world. If there is something or someone you don’t support, don’t give them your money. Visa versa, if there is something or someone you do support (like your local, organic farmers;), try to support them whenever you can.

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8. We raise environmentally-conscious children

I know an amazing mama homesteader who has six children (soon to be seven), but who has raised each and every one of them with all of the skills and values mentioned above (and then some) and taught them all to be good, thoughtful stewards of the environment and all life on Earth. Yet, she still gets nasty messages about how she’s not doing her part for the planet because of how many kids she has.

On the contrary, I know people with just one or two kids who are spoiled beyond belief, taught to expect everyone else to do everything for them and raised to believe the universe revolves around them and that they don’t need to contribute or be good stewards of anything.

Now, I’m not by any means saying that if you spoil your kids that you’re teaching them to be entitled brats. I’ll be the first to admit, my daughter is spoiled BEYOND BELIEF, especially because she is our only child and the only grandchild for both my parents and my husband’s.

But it’s very important to us that she learns to be grateful for what she has, that she learns an appreciation for the land and the hard work that goes into growing and preparing the food that we eat, and that she grows up to be a thoughtful, kind, compassionate human being who shows respect for others and for the planet that sustains us. These are values that we make sure to talk about daily in our home, and that I’m determined to make stick with her throughout her life.

 

Related: 6 Ways to Promote Self-Reliance in Your Community

 

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Together we can make a lasting difference

Of course, there are many more ways that homesteading can have a positive impact on the environment (or at least reduce the negative impact of much of modern day life). 

But the point is that those eight ways alone can have a HUGE impact on our environment and our world, and the more people who join the modern homesteading movement all over the world, well, the greater impact we can collectively have.

Will it be enough to save the entire planet? Doubtful. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter or make a difference. Everything we do, everything we produce instead of merely consume, every dollar we spend (or don’t), every jar of food we preserve and flower we plant and toxic chemical we refuse and environmentally conscious human being we raise can have a positive impact on the planet, and has the potential to make big changes in this world.

Regardless of our differing backgrounds and beliefs, us homesteaders are a collective force to be reckoned with. And while we may not be able to save the planet, we can most definitely change the world.

Can you think of any other ways that homesteading can help us lessen our environmental impact or make a difference in this world? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Wishing you homemade, homegrown, homestead happiness 🙂

 

 

 


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8 Comments

  1. Connie Browne

    Excellent article. I agree with all of this so much.

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  2. Sandee Protzmann

    That is what I LOVED about teaching art for 20 years…..we reused and recycled everything:)

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  3. Colleen

    I think this is so important and I am glad that you are willing to speak about it. I am trying to convert our household to a more sustainable one. It is great to see what other people are doing for ideas and inspiration. Thanks Anna.

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  4. Grammyprepper

    I agree to disagree with you on the whole ‘climate change’ thing. Higher CO2 production is a good thing for the plants and us, and the world has gone through hot/cold cycles as long as its been here.
    That said, I DO agree that homesteading has a positive impact on the world, for all the reasons you mention.
    As ‘homesteaders’ or just local gardeners, we need to adapt. Every year presents with new challenges, and we face them, and learn.
    ‘Big Ag’ needs to learn from the past, as homesteaders have. THAT is the big takeaway.
    And people in general need to get comfortable with a little ‘discomfort’ and the ‘just in time’ delivery system. I personally will not buy tomatos out of season. (Tomatoes Inc. I believe is the name of the book I read) I work in food service, and I can not believe how ppl order fruit trays when fruit is out of season…
    I am not perfect, who is? But I believe the choices I make to grow my own as best I can, choose local, are definitely positives in the ‘circle of life’.

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  5. JB

    I’m not looking to change the world, but I do try to improve my tiny spot. I plant one or two new trees each year, most produce some kind of edible (e.g. acorns, nuts, fruit, or animal fodder). I also try to plant at least one plant for butterflies and/or bees each year. I have Mason bees, and my chickens help fertilize everything. Would like to have a large garden, but haven’t managed that … yet. I started with the plants to help with the Oxygen/CO2 exchange.

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    • Anna Sakawsky

      That’s all we can do. And it sounds like you’re doing a fantastic job:)

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      • Robin

        I whole heartedly agree with your post. Thank you, Anna, for being brave enough to say your truth though it may be frightening and may alienate some people.

        It’s time to be brave. We find ourselves in an unprecedented global crisis and it’s not time to stick our heads in the sand.

        It’s time to take action and model another way of living. I talk about my choices to my family, co-workers and random people I meet. Maybe I can inspire someone to take a small new brave action in their lives toward changing their impact.

        It’s time to be strong. This work is not easy but it is fulfilling and meaningful. We must be strong because there is a lot of work to be done. Homesteading is the ultimate best way to go, but the time and energy required make it unattainable for many of us. There are, however, small changes each of us can decide to commit to. I have decided to cut out plastic and it is so hard! Plastic is in and on everything we buy at stores. For my family, in our city home, with small garden space, it has meant eating as much as possible from the garden, buying in bulk, making bread and yogurt, dIY laundry soap, going to our local refill shop for shampoo and conditioner, meat from the butcher wrapped in paper and the list goes on! I have to stay strong to get it all done after work and before feeding family.

        It’s time to find support and community. I found your blog as I was looking for a recipe for bees wax cloth to give out as Christmas
        Gifts, and am so happy to have connected with you!!! Thank you for inspiring me with your many good ideas for how I can live more sustainably. May we each connect with those who inspire us to be brave, take action and stay strong!

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        • Anna Sakawsky

          Hi Robin,

          Thank you for your thoughtful comment. You’re so right: Now is not the time to stick our heads in the sand. It’s the time to speak the truth regardless of what some people might think.

          I worry all the time about the world my daughter is growing up in and what the world will be like for her children one day. If we’re where we’re at now already (right on track for many of the predictions made over the last few decades, many of which I remember studying in school 10 to 15 years ago), then what will the world be like 10-15 years from now and beyond?

          Honestly it’s a scary thought, but all we can do is adapt and do our part to effect some positive change, preserve what’s left, educate others on the need for change (and HOW to change some of our behaviours that are contributing to the demise of our planet), and then, of course, learn to be more self-sufficient and pass these skills onto our children so that we can give ourselves and them the best chance at surviving and thriving in this new reality.

          I’m so glad to be hearing from readers like you who understand the seriousness of these issues and while I may alienate some people, my hope is that I will find my tribe of people who understand and who want to work together to create a better future for everyone.

          Thanks so much for reaching out. I’m so glad you found me!

          Anna

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• Learn other important life skills like time management for homesteaders, goal setting and how to become your own handyman

And more!

If you’ve been feeling called to level up your self-reliance skills (because let’s be honest, we’re in for a wild ride these next few years with everything going on in the world), now is the time to heed that call.

Link in profile to enroll before midnight tonight, or go to thehouseandhomestead.com/society

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There are so many reasons to grow your own food at home:

💰 Saves you money at the grocery store
🍴 Healthier than conventionally grown food
🔑 increases your overall food security
🫙 Gives you an abundance to preserve and share

But perhaps the number one reason is because it just tastes better!

Not only does food taste better when it’s freshly picked or allowed to ripen on the vine, there’s something about putting in the work to grow something from a tiny seed and then getting to see it on your dinner plate that just makes it so much more satisfying than anything you’ll ever buy from the store.

Plus, having to wait all year for fresh tomatoes or strawberries or zucchinis to be in season makes that short period when they’re available just that much more exciting!

With the world spinning out of control and food prices continuing to rise, it’s no wonder more people are taking an interest in learning to grow their own food at home. But that also means changing our relationship with food and learning to appreciate the work that goes into producing it and the natural seasonality of organically grown fruits and vegetables.

(It also means learning to preserve it so you can make the most of it and enjoy homegrown food all year long).

In my online membership program, The Society of Self-Reliance, you’ll learn how to grow your own food, from seed to harvest, as well as how to preserve it so you can enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor all year long!

You’ll also learn how to grow and craft your own herbal medicine, detox your home, become your own handyman, and so much more (because self-reliance is about more than just the food that we eat… But that’s a pretty good place to start!)

The doors to the Society are now open for a limited time only. Click the link in my profile or go to thehouseandhomestead.com/society to learn more.

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If you’ve been watching events unfold over the past few years and you’re feeling called to start “cutting ties” with the system and begin reclaiming your independence, The Society of Self-Reliance was made for you!

When I first launched this online membership program last year, my goal was to create a one-stop resource where members could go to learn and practice every aspect of self-reliance, as well as a space to connect with other like-minded people pursuing the same goal. And that’s exactly what you’ll get when you join!

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn inside the Society:

🌱 Food Security and Self-Sufficiency: Learn the art of growing and preserving your own food, ensuring you and your loved ones have access to nutritious meals year-round.

🌿 Natural Living and Herbal Medicine Mastery: Discover the secrets to creating a low-tox home and and to growing, making and using herbal remedies to support your family’s health, naturally.

🔨 Essential Life Skills: Learn essential life skills like time management, effective goal setting and practical DIY skills to become more self-sufficient.

As a member, you’ll enjoy:

📚 Monthly Video Lessons: Gain access to our ever-growing library of video lessons, with fresh content added each month.

📞 Live Group Coaching Calls: Participate in our monthly live group coaching calls, where we deep dive into a different self-reliance topic every month, and do live demonstrations and Q&A’s.

🏡 Private Community: Join our private community forum where you can ask questions, share your progress, and connect with like-minded individuals.

I only open the doors to The Society once or twice each year, but right now, for one week only, you can become a member for just $20/month (or $200/year).

In today’s world, self-reliance is no longer a luxury, a “cute hobby,” it’s a necessity. Join us inside The Society of Self-Reliance and empower yourself with the skills you need to thrive in the new world!

Link in profile or visit thehouseandhomestead.com/society to learn more.

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Got out for an early morning harvest today. Been up since 3am, contemplating life, the future and the past, the order of things…

There is a rumbling right now, not just in North America, but around the world. Many of us can feel it, and know we are on the precipice of something big.

I’d been hearing about this new song that’s become an overnight viral sensation, written by an (until now) unknown singer named Oliver Anthony. His new song Rich Men North of Richmond has had 14 million views on YouTube in the past week alone, so I decided to check it out.

I also saw a clip of him playing a Farmers Market last week, and anything that has to do with Farmers Markets always has my attention;)

I can’t tell you how many tears I’ve already cried listening to that song. If you’ve heard it already, you probably know what I’m talking about, and if you haven’t, I highly recommend giving it a listen. All I can say is it’s been a while since a song resonated so deeply with me, and in this strange new world, I know I’m not the only one.

One of the lines in Anthony’s song is “Livin’ in the new world, with an old soul,” and that’s something I think so many of us in the homesteading community can relate to.

Trying to cling to better days; To a simpler time; To the old ways, all while doing our best to get by in the new world.

The world has changed drastically in the last few years especially, and it’s set to change in immense ways over the next few years. Today I’m feeling thankful for people like @oliver_anthony_music_ who give a voice to what so many are feeling right now.

Know that if you’re feeling it too, you’re far from alone. And while the future may feel uncertain and even a little scary, remember that if we stand united, we the people are a force to be reckoned with.

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Another garlic harvest in the books!

Garlic is easily one of my favourite crops to grow. It’s pretty much a “set if and forget it” crop. We plant in the fall and leave it to overwinter, fertilize a couple times in the spring, start watering only once the ground starts to dry out, and then harvest in the summer. We can even plant a fall succession crop after our garlic if we want so it really makes great use of garden space all year round.

Over the years we’ve managed to become completely self-sufficient with garlic. We now grow enough to eat all year (and then some!), plus we save our own seed garlic and usually have extra to sell or give away. And around here fresh, organic garlic ain’t cheap, so it’s a good cash crop for anyone who’s serious about selling it.

It took me a few years to really get the hang of garlic, but it’s one crop I’m now very confident with (knock on wood, because it’s always when we make statements like this that next year’s crop fails! Lol.)

A while back I compiled a comprehensive guide to growing, harvesting and using garlic both as an edible and medicinal crop. This is usually only available as part of a paid bundle (or in the fall 2022 issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine if you’re a subscriber;), but for a limited time I’m offering it for free, no strings attached!

Plus you’ll also get access to my step-by-step video lesson on planting garlic so you can set yourself up for success with your garlic crop this year.

Comment “Garlic” below or head to thehouseandhomestead.com/garlic-guide to get your free copy!
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Going through photos and videos from our trip to the @modernhomesteadingconference and the vast majority are of our daughter having the time of her life!

Even if I personally got nothing else out of this gathering (which I most certainly did), watching her discover her own love of this lifestyle outside of what we do at home made my heart grow three sizes!

Homesteading is about so much more than homegrown food and self-reliance. It’s about passing on invaluable skills and an understanding of and respect for our connection to the land that provides for us to the next generation.

Being around so many other kids and families who are also pursuing a homesteading lifestyle helped show our little one that this is a movement that is so much bigger and greater than what our own family does on our little plot of land. This is a lifestyle worth pursuing, with a community unlike any other.

Glad to be back home and more excited than ever to involve my kids in everything we’re doing. But also, I think I speak for my whole family when I say we can’t wait to go back someday!
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If you’re simply looking for ways to save a little extra cash this summer and live well for less, here are 12 tried and tested frugal living tips for summer that you can use to save money this season without sacrificing a thing.
Head over using the link in my bio!
https://thehouseandhomestead.com/12-frugal-living-tips-summer/
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