In this podcast episode, I’m talking with Allison Askew of Arrow J Beef Co., a first-generation rancher with a lot of irons in a lot of fires. She’s sharing her inspiring story of unconventional homesteading to encourage everyone who feels like they don’t fit in any one particular box. If you ever feel like you’re wearing too many hats to actually be good at any one thing, take heart. If you’re overwhelmed, or tired of feeling like you’re not understood by those around you, Allison has some words of wisdom just for you.
Podcast Episode Highlights
- Allison’s background and how she got into ranching & homesteading
- What caused you to leave the security of non-homesteading life?
- A closer look at secure jobs, lifestyles, food security, etc.
- Adjusting to a self-sustainable lifestyle & running a ranch
- Applying labels to ways of life and food…
- How homesteaders often think outside the box….
- The challenges of being a first generational rancher/homesteader
- How have you learned how to be okay with not fitting in with any ‘type’ of homesteader?
- Learning that peace is better than perfect (you can’t ‘do it all’)
- Why investing in your community is important
- What challenges did you have to overcome when you moved into a small ranch community?
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More Unconventional Homesteading Tips:
- The Magic of a Multigenerational Homestead (podcast episode)
- Secrets of Successful Edible Landscaping (podcast episode)
- Homesteading with Chronic Pain & Health Challenges (podcast episode)
- Does this Homesteading Thing Really Matter? (blog article)