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10 Ways to Make Money on Your Homestead



Man, I love this farming lifestyle. If it were up to me, I'd have some huge ranch and make lots of money and live happily ever after...doing what I love. But then reality slaps me upside the head like a wet fish out of water, and I remember that homesteading and farming aren't cheap, and it's certainly not free. There is no endless supply of feed and "dolla-dolla bills, ya'll" rolling into my hands. Don't think too hard about that dolla bill reference.

So, we must find ways to make money to feed our homesteading habit. 

Mind blown, I know. The entire romanticism around farmsteading is just crazy. While it truly is a romantic lifestyle (really, it is!), it's not always easy on the pocket. 

For this very reason, homesteaders try to find ways to offset costs and make money off of their lifestyle. In fact, there are many homesteaders who actually farm and homestead for a living, and it's absolutely possible.

But how? Let's go through some of the top 10 ways that you can make money, efficiently, off of your homestead, all while doing the things you love to do.

How to Make Plantain Leaf Herbal Soap


I'm not a soapmaker. Let's just start with that. However, I love homemade soap, and I have some amazing friends who are awesome soapmakers.

Soap making is one of those lost skills that truly does take a few tries to learn and get right. Thankfully, it's really not a hard or complicated process, it just looks a little scary when it comes to using certain ingredients.

Lye, specifically, scares the bejeezus out of me. However, when I got Jan Berry's book, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, a brand new sense of confidence welled up within me. This book is absolutely incredible and takes all the "scary" out of it! It's perfect for the beginner soap maker, and even the experienced one.

The photos alone are gorgeous to flip through, and Jan's ease of instructions are so inviting to the homesteader.

Here's one of my favorite recipes from her new book, which you can find here.

Elderberry + Astragalus Herbal Syrup for Colds and Immunity




We read blog after blog claiming things like elderberry syrup, fire cider, and some type of tonic all help to reduce cold and flu symptoms. My favorite misconception is that echinacea is a preventative to catching the common cold and flu. while in reality, clinical studies have been shown that echinacea does not, at all, prevent anything. However, it is a great herb once you get sick, and helps lessen the symptoms and length of the cold or flu. Just make sure you don't take it if you have a ragweed allergy, because you'll make yourself ten times worse.

So what happens when you spend hundreds of dollars in all of these herbs and then, they don't work? Well, I'll tell you what—your husband looks at you and bans you from ordering herbs off the internet for the next 6 months.

I kid...kind of.

What Happens When I Fail at Homesteading?


We've been on this homesteading journey for a few years now. And let me just say, I have failed more times than I can count. In fact, I've just stopped counting for the sake of my sanity. It's moments like these when I tell myself that the good Lord forgets all of my failures, so I should too.

During my first few years here, I failed a lot. I failed at eating healthy (I still do). I failed at keeping chickens healthy. I failed at homemaking. I failed at being a good mom. And I massively failed at gardening. Thank goodness for grace.

What happens when people fail? What happens when I fail? It's probably one of the major reasons why people don't start living a healthier lifestyle or start their own farm journey. Failure...it's a scary thing.

How to Make An Herbal Salve


Herbal salves use to intimidate the bejeezus out of me. But when I started making them, I wondered what on earth took me so long to take this next step into herbalism. Salves are extremely easy to make, and equally as beneficial to the homesteading herbalist's medicine cabinet. 

Let me show you just how easy it is....

She Intimidates Me...


It was probably the fourth time in the last year that I've heard the phrase—by four different women. Man, what did I do to deserve this? Of course, we could laugh it off now, but as she told me how much I use to intimidate her, I'll admit, I felt a bit of offense. Me? Intimidating?

There's always that chance to ask her why. Why did she think I was so intimidating? Why did she feel she couldn't approach me and stood back in a distance silently judging me? Now, she's loving all of this girl right here but, not always.