Hello, I’m Teri Page. Welcome to Homestead Honey!
Homestead Honey is a space for inspiration, resources, and information. I share and celebrate the many joys, and also the real-life trials of homesteading, while offering you tools and support to live your homestead dream.
Our Homesteading Journey
Learning the Basics on a Rental Property in Oregon
In 1999, my then boyfriend, now husband Brian decided to attend a sustainable living skills internship in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. I was offered an opportunity to work-trade in the organic garden. For four months, I hauled manure, tended seeds, watered beds, and made compost, and by the end of the summer, I had been transformed. My eyes had been opened to the possibilities of small-scale organic agriculture.
Yearning to grow our own food, we moved to a rental cabin on 35 acres and our homesteading journey began. From gardening and food preservation, to raising chickens, ducks, goats, bees, and pigs, we developed dozens of homesteading skills. And of course we made many, many mistakes along the way.
Creating an Off-Grid Homestead in Missouri
In October, 2012 my family of four packed up our Oregon homestead of 13 years and moved next door to good friends in Northeast Missouri, where land was cheap, building codes are lenient, and opportunities for alternative building and off-grid living abound. We spent six years building an off the grid homestead from scratch, creating and cultivating organic gardens and food forests, and building off-grid infrastructure such as a homestead root cellar and an outdoor pizza oven.
Building without debt led to some pretty radical lifestyle choices. For example, we lived without electricity for over a year and a half before installing a solar electric system. We also lived without running water, using rainwater catchment and a homestead pond to meet all of our water needs. I wrote an eBook that describes all the details of our off-grid lifestyle, with questions and advice to help you make the right off-grid choices.
Our Homesteading Journey Continues…in Vermont
In late Summer, 2018 we made another cross-country move – this time to Central Vermont. I wrote all about this life decision in this post. We have settled in a beautiful rental on 60 acres of land, with the intention of purchasing a piece of raw land on which to build another off the grid homestead! Stay tuned for more on this exciting project.
Brian and I have homesteaded now for almost 20 years. We’ve rented for 14 of those years, lived in both the country and the city, raised almost every farm animal imaginable, and gardened in three different zones.
If homesteading is your dream, I’m here to tell you, it’s attainable! Homestead Honey is here to support you as you live your dream.
Homestead Honey is known for being a source of quality, reliable information from homesteaders who live what we write about!
To help you navigate quickly to subjects of interest, here are some highlights:
Building a Tiny House – This series documents the process of building a 350 square foot tiny house and other homestead infrastructure.
Living Off-Grid – What exactly is it like to start an off-grid homestead on raw land? How do you cook, sleep, use power tools, collect drinking water, and stay warm while building a house? Find the answers in these articles!
Organic Gardening – From starting a garden from scratch to growing food year-round, this is where you’ll find easy to understand information about how to grow your own food.
The Homestead Kitchen – From fermentation, to raw dairy, to homegrown cured meat, you’ll find recipes and inspiration for from-scratch cooking and food preservation.
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Wishing you much inspiration for your radical, abundant, and creative home,