oldhomestead.jpg The old homestead where I was born, Stafford New Zealand (south island, west coast)

Wow, there’s been a rash of emails and comments from Australia and my fellow “kiwis” (New Zealanders)

Here’s another wonderful email from New Zealand I just had to share.

in New Zealand, I thank you!

We have been waiting for the means to purchase our dream lifestyle block out of town, to produce our own food, to build our own home…

We have a larger garden this year (largely owing to inspiration from Barbara Kingsolver’s book, Animal Vegetable Mineral), but were still sitting about “waiting” before we could go further. After attending a local craft/lifestyle/substainability fair last weekend I was even more inspired, but still “waiting” for the day that I would be able to have these things. I came home feeling rather wistful – I knew the lifestyle I wanted, but I had to “wait” for it. A few days later, a link to your site was posted on a messageboard I frequent. I’ve just read your June 2003 insight and I’ve had a lightbulb moment! (Several lightbulbs really – I’m feeling illuminated! lol) What am I waiting for when there is so much I can do right now!

I have much more to read on your site, and many plans to make but at least I’m not waiting anymore

Another lightbulb flashes and I realise that the state of mind of “waiting” is not conducive to achieving my goal. Actively doing what I want/need to be doing may help me get to the dream lifstyle acreage in the country with the adobe house faster, and if not, at least I’ll be kept busy in the meantime.

Many thanks for sharing your lifestyle with the rest of the globe

Kind regards,
Otorohanga (where the sunshine hours may not be quite as high as in Pasadena!)
New Zealand

Another inspiring testimonial how this website is changing lives. We are indeed blessed that we are able to share our journey and inspire people to be the change by living the solution.

:: Helpful Reference ::

“I wanted acreage. Millions more like me desired the same. I dreamed of an idyllic country home where I could get away from it all. Yeah, and everyone else with the same hope would be joining in the migration to grab what land there was available. I needed space in which to satisfy my latent Bonanza longing. But, I’d probably croak on the spot for lack of the needed skills and, more importantly, for the dearth of experience needed to deal with all kinds of new, rural situations. Problems, that is.”

Small is Beautiful & Productive by Jules Dervaes (2003)

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  1. P~ says:

    This post, to me, sums up so much of why I have begun making many of the lifestyle changes that I have around my house. Denise, I suspect you are very much not alone in how you felt. I was in that same spot less than a year ago. This blog helped me to realize how wrong I was and how much I was missing while I waited.

    Thank you Anais for sharing this with us, and reminding me why we try to grow, not only food, but ourselves.


  2. Becky L. says:

    I, too, am so grateful for this website, and all of Anais’ hard work to bring us this valuable information.

    After reading Harvest: A Year in the Life of an Organic Farm, I realized that it was NOT the life I wanted. I wanted to thoroughly enjoy my farm/yard and growing organically – not be overwhelmed by it.

    We started vermiposting this past winter, have started seedlings for this summer’s garden, are caring for our bunnies. We are determined to have our own little ecosystem right here in the ‘burbs – 30 minutes outside of Washington D.C. I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to help provide food for neighbors as well, bringing in an additional income

    Thanks to you all!

  3. Clare says:

    Great posts today! I appreciate all the information that you are sharing. I particularly enjoyed the link to Jules 2003 post of how/why he started down this path. Tell Jules to pull up to the keyboard more often! That way we’ll get the full age spectrum of ideas and insights.

  4. Anais says:

    Hello Clare

    Glad you you found the post insightful.

    I couldn’t agree more. Farmer D is an exceptionally talented writer and it a shame he doesn’t write more often,; however, he’s just so busy these days tending the gardening and urban homesteading that the keyboard is furthest from his mind.

    Hopefully one day he’ll be back on the keyboard sharing his insightful writings of his path.


  5. Anais says:

    P & Becky

    Thanks for the positive comments. This life is a our passion and purpose and I am glad to be able to share our journey with everyone.


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