What to Expect Here at The Prairie Homestead
I'm Jill Winger, creator of The Prairie Homestead. If you've ever felt the pull to opt out of the rat race and return to your roots, this is the place for you. Consider me your personal guide on this modern homesteading journey-- it won't always be easy, but it will be worth it. Whether your goal is simply cooking good food from-scratch or raising your first chickens, you can expect to find handy tutorials, tried-and-true recipes, and practical inspiration right here.
Who is the Modern Homesteader?
Modern homesteaders are folks who have chosen to opt-out of the rat race. They appreciate good food and crave playing an active role in producing the food they eat. They don't mind having weathered hands and manure on their boots, and never bat an eye at spending a late night checking a sick animal or preserving the harvest. They appreciate the value of hard work and desire to be producers, not just consumers. They prize old-fashioned ethics and values, embrace personal responsibility, possess a sizable dose of common sense.
Modern homesteaders come from all different backgrounds: some from a self-sufficient heritage, some from the heart of the city. You'll find them farming their backyards in the suburbs... keeping goats on a little patch of land... or raising cattle and massive gardens on hundreds of acres...
The flavor of homesteading might vary, but as modern homesteaders, we all share one common goal:
To return to our roots. To be self-sufficient. To find satisfaction from the work of our hands. And to have the freedom to write our own story.
If this sounds like you, you’re in the right place.
Curious How it All Started?
I'm Jill Winger, the creator and keeper of this chicken-and-mason jar-filled corner of the Internet. Homestead life is all I've ever wanted. I wasn't born into this lifestyle, but I got here as quickly as I could. I'm a bit of an weirdo compared to many in my generation, but that doesn't bother me a bit. I believe in hard work, making mistakes, personal responsibility, and thinking outside of the box.
Not too long after starting my own homesteading journey, I discovered I wasn't the only one dreaming about compost piles and homemade bread. I started this blog with the goal of offering community, solidarity, and inspiration for other folks who are on this same path. I just might be the most imperfect homesteader you'll ever find and I most certainly don't claim to have this whole thing figured out. But I promise to share this crazy journey of mine as it happens-- both the good and the bad.
So grab that mug of coffee, tea, or raw milk, and let's get to it. 🙂
Where to Start Reading
Weekly Homestead Tips (without the fluff)
I'd like to personally invite you to sign up to my weekly Homestead Toolbox Newsletter. It goes out every Wednesday morning, and it's full of stuff you won't find here on the blog. Let's be honest-- most email newsletters have little substance and if you're like me, you delete them as soon as they hit your inbox. In the Homestead Toolbox you'll find four to five bite-sized, actionable tips you can put to use immediately around your homestead that week. No fluff. No spam. No junk. It's been getting rave reviews from the 80,000+ people who have signed up so far, but don't take my word for it--->
What Subscribers are saying:
“Very nice newsletter. Organized in such an easy list–pick a subject you’re interested in, get to it, print it and or just move on. Fantastic idea. Most blogs are so text intensive that they are tiresome.”– Maria
"I am a new subscriber to the Homestead Toolbox, and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy the way you express yourself– it is like you are in my kitchen talking to me. You have great ideas and I really appreciate the newsletter.” – Martha
"You are THE BOMB! I love your toolbox and usually, they all take me down memory lane." --Susan
"Just wanted to let you know. My in-box is SO full ALL the time -- so I
decided to unsubscribe from all newsletters... and I unsubscribed from The Prairie Homestead this morning -- THEN -- I went back and carefully read the letter -- and immediately re-subscribed. It has SO MUCH good, useful info -- I decided it really IS worth keeping! Thanks for a great read." --Rosemarie
Just One more thing...
Thanks for stopping by. No really, I mean it. I don't care if you're been homesteading your whole life or are just dipping your toe in the water, I'm thrilled to have you here. Our online homesteading community would be pointless (not to mention really boring) if it wasn't for all of you sharing your tips, successes, and lessons learned. I appreciate your emails, comments, and shares, and I learn something new every day.
I'd love for you to swing by The Prairie Homestead Facebook page and introduce yourself. I'll be watching for your post!
Peace, Love, and Mason Jars,