Why You should try

Backyard Homesteading

Homesteading isn’t just about a checklist of chores; it’s a mindset shift toward self-sufficiency and reducing reliance on external resources. It’s about embracing a hands-on, do-it-yourself approach and making the most of what you have. Whether it’s raising animals, growing your own food, canning, preserving, baking bread from scratch, or more, homesteading encompasses a wide range of activities. It’s about reconnecting with our roots and making our world a better place for the next generation. This holistic lifestyle can be adapted to any size space, even your own backyard.

In homesteading, embracing experimentation and acknowledging failures is one of my favourite parts. Most homesteaders can relate, having encountered their own similar setbacks. You will never know what works for you until your try. You may actually enjoy it.

Backyard Poultry

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Backyard poultry can be a great addition to your backyard. Ducks, specifically, are fascinating and intelligent creatures that can make wonderful pets and provide a sustainable source of meat and eggs. Even with limited space you can reap the benefits from just a couple backyard ducks or chickens.


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Homesteading and permaculture are related concepts that often go hand in hand. They both emphasize sustainable living practices, self-sufficiency, and a harmonious relationship with the environment. Permaculture encourages the use of organic and natural methods to create a productive and low-maintenance garden. 


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Homesteading can be incredibly enriching for children, as they learn valuable skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and resourcefulness. Homesteading also encourages children to develop a sense of responsibility, empathy, and respect for the environment.


A Few Words About Me

I’m Andrea and I am a mom, wife, Early Childhood Educator and a Backyard homesteader.

I have 15+ years experience as an Early Childhood Educator and a dream of my own fully sustainable homestead. I don’t have a ton of space but I do have a back, and front, yard. So I planted some perennial and annual food crops, tried my hand at preserving, and hatched a handful of ducks, to raise as pets and food. I do this yearly with my children, teaching and encouraging them along the way.

It’s important to teach children about sustainable living not only so they can make healthy choices for themselves but to protect their environment, their community, and their future. They do this by developing skills and knowledge that helps conserve energy, reduce waste, and protect animals as well as the earth. Follow along as I use permaculture practices to turn our yards into a fully sustainable garden.

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