1 Year of Wild Homesteading

Wild Homesteading Turns 1 Year Old!

Wild homesteading is now 1 year old! This has been an amazing journey and we thank you for joining us on it! So what have we learned over our first year? And where are we heading? Keep reading to learn more about where wild homesteading is heading!


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It’s amazing to think back on the day I launched this blog. So much has changed—for our family, and for Wild Homesteading!

(Wild Homesteading is now called Growing with Nature.)

I was so nervous when I published my first blog post. What would people think? Would anyone even read it?

One year later, and I’m completely overwhelmed by the level of readership and engagement we get from our Wild Team. We’re making a difference, and we’re more committed than ever to moving this site forward.

But wow, what a year! Back in May, our daughter Naomi was born! Having a new baby and raising our 2-year-old son while running Wild Homesteading—(plus working day jobs, and of course running our own wild homestead!)—has been a challenge to say the least, but Michaela and I have enjoyed the ride.

We’ve learned a lot through this time, and we are very excited about the new ways we will be able to help people work with nature to grow food and build a natural life!

Let’s dive into the big lessons that we learned over the last year of running wild homesteading.

If you’re new to Wild Homesteading, then don’t miss out on our cheat-sheet all about why you should rewild your homestead. This cheat-sheet is a great way to learn what being a wild homesteader is all about. Don’t forget to grab it!

Lessons Learned from 1 Year of Wild Homesteading

Lessons learned from 1 year of Wild Homesteading

Growing perennial vegetables is a core part of what it means to be a wild homesteader. Our blog series on these amazing vegetables have proven to be some of our most popular posts! If you have not seen them, make sure to check them out!

Over the course of our first year, the biggest lesson we learned was about our community’s interests. Our posts on perennial vegetables and food forests were very popular. So were our hugelkultur bed posts.

At the start, we made some posts that were less about wild homesteading and more about aspects of homesteading in general. These posts didn’t attract as much attention, and they really didn’t fit in with the bigger picture here at Wild Homesteading.

What this taught us was that we should focus more on topics directly related to wild homesteading. And of course, this meant Michaela and I needed to think deeply about what it actually means to be a wild homesteader.

Whereas traditional homesteading was about going out and “taming the wilderness,” wild homesteading is about bringing the wild back, and building off that abundance to grow your own food.

We’ve always had a core focus in helping people to work with nature and grow your own food. After a lot of thought, we’ve traded out the focus area on starting your homestead and replaced it with “build a natural life.”

Building a natural life is about healing the human-nature disconnect by living in connection with your wild homestead. Instead of rewilding your homestead for some idea of “nature” that’s out there, you’re rewilding your own heart and mind in the process—cultivating abundance for all the people, plants, and animals that share your patch of earth.

Another big lesson is all about time management. With everything going on in our own lives, we have to be careful not to spread ourselves too thin. This means we can’t share the blog posts on every social media outlet. Instead, we need to focus on a few key sites so we can better serve our community in those spheres.

This lesson is a good one for any wild homesteader—don’t try to do everything. Focus on a smaller number of core projects, and complete those before you move on to the next. Spreading yourself thin just means nothing gets done.

Exciting News for the Next Year of Wild Homesteading

Exciting news for Wild Homesteading

This next year will bring a lot of new and exciting developments to Wild Homesteading! We can’t wait to share them with you and continue to help you to work with nature to grow your own food and build a natural life!

So what does the next year hold for Wild Homesteading? We have some really exciting updates to share with you!

The first is that we will be launching our own Patreon page very soon! This will be a fantastic way for us to work together on your wild homesteading journey. By becoming a patron, you can get access to exclusive wild tips, Q&As, and other special rewards that can help you grow your own wild homestead.

This will be a great way for us to get to know each other better, so that we can better serve you and answer your specific wild homesteading questions.

It will also be a game-changer for Wild Homesteading, allowing us to keep our blog free and even take this site to the next level.

We’ll continue posting free weekly content on our blog. (But our patrons will get to influence the topics that we write about!)

More about our new Patreon page soon!

We are also in the very early stages of planning our first book! We don’t have a lot of details ready to share at this point, other than that our goal is to release it in 2020.

There are a lot of changes at Wild Homesteading as we move into our second year. But what won’t change is our focus on providing great content each week, free of charge.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this sneak peak into Wild Homesteading as we celebrate our 1-year anniversary!

Keep on Growing!

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Daron is a restoration ecologist, lifelong gardener, and founder of Growing with Nature. He created this site to help people enjoy wildlife, grow food, and help heal our living world. He has managed the restoration program for a local non-profit, and he’s applying principles of restoration and permaculture to transform his property in western Washington to forests, wetlands, hedgerows, food forests, and permaculture gardens. He holds a Masters in Environmental Studies and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Water Resources. He loves sharing the joy of growing food with his two beautiful children.

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