Introducing The Sustainable Homestead Project

Imagine a homestead that produces enough food to lower your grocery bill. A homestead that provides for all of the living things that inhabit it. Imagine lowering your living costs so significantly that it feels like you got a big fat raise at work.

Imagine all of this but still being able to enjoy your homestead without adding extra stress and trying to meet the demands of others.

Right now everybody is so focused on turning a profit on their homestead. What can I do, raise, make to EARN MONEY?

What if instead we looked at doing what we already LOVE doing and figure out how to SAVE MONEY?

After all, a penny saved is a penny earned, isn’t it?

The Sustainable Homestead Project aims to show you how the different things you love to do – gardening, beekeeping, raising animals – can help to sustain themselves.

Maybe you won’t earn your complete living doing this but I am offering action-oriented steps to help you to maximize your homestead experience and become as self-sustaining as possible.

The money you save (as well as the joy you will feel) will be well worth it!

What is it?

The Sustainable Homestead Project is a series of posts exploring how to create a homestead that works for you.

This series will help you to maximize your homestead as it is and help prepare you for future growth. I will offer detailed plans/ideas and downloadable resources to help you create your sustainable homestead. Please – share your progress with me using #SustainableHomesteadProject and be sure to follow my blog to get e-mail notifications when new posts in the series come up. I look forward to growing with you!

Who am I?

I’m Rebecca, a 4th Generation Homesteader living on 10 wooded acres in the Heart of Illinois. I keep bees, grow flowers and vegetables, raise poultry and rabbits and am learning how to forage. I am passionate about resource conservation, protecting natural habitats and living in harmony with the land around me.

My great-grandparents, Hobart and Hazel (the namesakes of my farm) were the ultimate depression era homesteaders. They weren’t on a lot of land in the country – instead they created a homestead wherever they lived and you can too!

Why am I doing this?

I don’t understand why in America we always have to try to profit from our joy. My job pays the bills but my homestead is my sanctuary. If I start counting on it to pay my bills, the joy is replaced with stress, worry and anxiety.

My husband, Nick, and I have been talking a lot lately about where we want our homestead to go and those conversations always seem to revolve around trying to make money. We could sell this or raise this or make this. The last time we talked, I flipped the conversation. What can we do to make the things that are currently on our homestead SUSTAIN THEMSELVES?

Suddenly the conversation came to life as we discussed what we could do on our homestead to cut costs for each individual area. Suddenly, a passion emerged because instead of focusing on making MORE our focus turned to spending LESS which equals less stress for us as we all know that homesteads, especially when animals are involved, can be pricey!

Want to get involved?

If you would like to be a part of this project and have a niche, idea or area of expertise, please reach out to me. I am always open to collaborations! Hit me up on Instagram or Facebook @hhflowerfarm or send an e-mail to

Also, please use the hashtag #SustainableHomesteadProject and your homestead just might be featured in this series or on Instagram!

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