We’re just a couple of Canadians trying to build our homestead, live sustainably and get back to basics.
Although Mr. Canuck grew up in the country, playing in the hayloft, swimming in the river, hunting and fishing and getting dirty; I grew up in the city. It was just my mom and me and we lived in about 10 different apartments by the time I graduated from high-school. My homesteading knowledge would have consisted of being able to boil water and grow an African Violet on the windowsill. An unlikely prospect for a future homesteader, eh?
Mr. Canuck and I were high-school sweethearts, and after 28 years, we’re still building our life together.
Our homesteading journey began in 2007 when we were living in the suburbs on a tiny lot, surrounded by neighbors with a ton of debt. Our son was in high-school and suddenly I seemed to have more time on my hands to start learning about living more frugally and self-sufficiently. I worked diligently to cut costs everywhere I could and started learning how to make homemade cleaners and cook from scratch. I planted a small garden in our little backyard and was amazed that things actually grew! We magically had tomatoes, peppers and corn fresh from the garden. That was it for me, I was hooked!
The following summer we got a few meat chickens and 5 laying hens. I have to admit, our first attempt at harvesting chickens was bot hilarious and horrific! Thank God we had a friend who rescued us and showed us how it was done! We’d probably still be plucking that first bird, if it wasn’t for him.
Fast-forward a few years and we are now living in a small 672 square-foot home on 11 acres in Atlantic Canada. We raise chickens, turkeys, pigs and bees, and our garden grows a little every year. We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go!
We hope you’ll join us on our journey and learn along with us as we strive for a happy, simple, self-sustained life.