Lifestyle Switch: Going Head First into Homesteading

Lifestyle Switch: Going Head First into Homesteading

MaryAnne Petrella
Sep 20, 2011

Do you ever daydream about leaving it all behind? Wandering into the woods, constructing a cabin, living off the land? That idea of escape and desire for simplicity seems to grow more and more common as our lives increase in pace and urban areas overcrowd. I often find myself envious of, though inspired by, folks like this. Ones who made their dreams a reality.

As you know, this month on Re-nest is all about the handmade home. Well, there is nothing more handmade about a home than the lovingly labourious way John Coffer carved out his little piece of heaven. He made the switch from Floridian condo dweller to master of his magnificent 50 acre domain over 20 years ago and has never looked back. This beautiful short from Lost & Found Films tells his story, and is definitely worth watching.

While the privileges of wealth can make the transition from cityscape to country kingdom a smooth one, the very nature of homesteading means the serene and simple life can be sustained without an executive income. A little planning and saving at first can get you there. If, like Coffer you plan on mixing old technologies with new (solar panels, wind turbines, internet access), cash on hand is a requirement; however, these are investments into a high functioning, yet slow paced lifestyle that I for one could get behind.

The great thing is many of us already do practice elements of homesteading no matter what our locale. But what I really want to know is how many of you would actually wander off? Do you plan on retiring to the woods or are you eager to find farmland faster still? Is the city-sacrifice to great to leave behind, or is the countryside calling?

(Image: Lost and Found Films)

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