Homesteading after 40…is it a midlife crisis or the perfect time to start? For me, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I’d love to tell you that homesteading is in my blood and that from a young age I wanted chickens and gardens; but that would be a lie. Frankly, as a teenager, I had dreams of running off to New York city and starring on Broadway. But alas, and thankfully, that dream never came to pass. No, my homesteading dreams started much later in life. I can’t really call it a midlife crisis because the seed was planted in my thirties, but it wasn’t until my forties (yes, I’ll be 45 in March of 2017) that it began to sprout and grow. Each year the dream grows bigger and I know I’ve outgrown my “backyard homestead” so we are making shifts so that we can soon be on property.
For me the fire really for a backyard homestead really got lit after watching some food documentaries (Fresh and Food Inc) and reading everything I could by Joel Salatin. I think that had we started a homestead journey in our 20s it would have ended quickly; we moved around a lot for my husband’s job and I started and quit things every 3 or 4 months. That’s not to say that I think you HAVE to wait; no I am envious of the younger folk that get this so much earlier in life!
Homesteading after 40…I often wondered if I was the only one that started later in life. So I asked some of my readers on Facebook how many of them started homesteading after 40; I was pleasantly surprised by all the answers. There were homesteaders that started in their late 30s, 40s even 60s!
Then I took the question to some of my fellow homesteading bloggers and asked them to share their experience as midlife homesteaders. So what did they think about homesteading after 40? They’ve got some great experience and advice to share!…