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Are you striving for improved self-reliance and self-sufficiency for yourself and your family? Author Jessica Sowards of YouTube’s Roots & Refuge Farm is the warm and welcoming guide you’ve been waiting for.
Homesteading is a mindset and a lifestyle aimed at living lightly on the land
, being more resourceful, appreciating the value of hard work, and understanding the diverse and amazing connections between humans and the planet we live on. Homesteaders constantly strive for a more sustainable life
and a greater connection to the cycles of nature and the foods and goods we consume
. Starting your very first homestead is a journey of discovery and passion
that’s also likely filled with questions and what-ifs. In The First-Time Homesteader
, Jessica fills in all the blanks with honesty, humor, and charm.
Now you can take those first and most valuable steps toward establishing your own homestead with a seasoned homesteader at your side. Jessica warmly guides you through the process of setting up your property
(no matter how small or large), establishing a garden
, welcoming animals
into the fold, living more resourcefully
, and expanding your homestead kitchen tools and skills
with grace and confidence.
Start your first homestead with lessons on:
- Raising chickens for meat and eggs
- Starting and operating a home dairy
- Housing, fencing, and processing advice for meat animals
- Planning and planting your homestead vegetable garden
- Keeping bees for honey, pollination, and beeswax
- Stocking your medicine cabinet with useful herbs and home remedies
- Living a resourceful existence by reusing and repurposing
- Stocking the kitchen with all the tools and techniques you need for success
You don’t have to live off-grid or give up contemporary conveniences to homestead. You just have to have the desire to live a more thoughtful and fulfilling life
. Take your very first step today, hand in hand with an experienced and enthusiastic guide
in The First-Time Homesteader
About the Author
Jessica Sowards is a homesteader and gardener who shares her journey through social media. She and her husband, Jeremiah, are raising their six children on a small hobby farm. They share their lives on their YouTube channel, Roots and Refuge Farm. She offers the insights they have gathered along the way in her books, The First-time Gardener: Growing Vegetables (March 2021) and The First-Time Homesteader (September 2022). Jessica is passionate about gardening, growing food, and equipping others to do the same.