Rachel is a homesteading mama who lives in Alaska with her three children. She is a childrens author and they have many animals on their homestead including dairy goats and pack goats, sheep and more!
Hey there, Homesteading Mama’s! I’m Rachel from @frontier_homesteading. My husband Ryan, three children and I have been homesteading for about 10 years now, first in Wyoming and now in Alaska.
We currently have milk goats, pack goats, sheep, a pig, a cow, chickens, rabbits, bees and a dog. Seasonally, we also have more pigs, meat chickens and turkeys.
Our dream is to have at least five acres of land and live in a yurt, but my cancer and Lyme disease treatments keep slowing us down. Someday!
For now we have just over an acre and we are trying to balance making improvements and upkeep with not doing anything too permanent with the hope of selling and buying some land when we can.
One of our goals is to spend the least amount of money possible on food and household items. (When your children take after their 6’ 10” father and grow half an inch a month, this is difficult in the shoe and clothing department) We buy what we can’t produce ourselves in bulk, such as wheat berries, salt and baking soda, and otherwise hunt, fish, raise, forage and grow most of our own food. We also trade/buy large quantities of certain vegetables from a larger farm friend and preserve them with the rest of our food for the long winters.
We forage for herbs and medicinal plants to dry for teas, tinctures, salves, shampoos, seasonings, etc.
We homeschool our children (almost 15, 12 & 11) and they are an immense help around both the house and the farm. I couldn’t do it without them!
We weave school deeply into the homestead, and it’s such a natural and beautiful thing!
I think growing up on a homestead/farm is one of the best gifts you can give your children. Our children are learning by example how to stay the course, to persevere, to walk with grace, through often difficult circumstances. Not to mention the vast amount of invaluable life skills they gain.
In today’s world, those are some of the most powerful qualities you can instill in your child’s life and heart! We are not raising kids who will fall apart when The Hard Stuff inevitably happens. Our kids are forged through fire, and will emerge strong and capable. That is your legacy, Mama.