Homesteading When Your Spouse Isn’t On Board

Do you have dreams of being a homesteader but your spouse doesn’t? On today’s podcast episode I want to give some of my thoughts on homesteading even if your spouse isn’t on board with the whole self sufficiency thing. 

Homestead Updates:

Lots of seed collecting going on.Next weekend is rabbit processing day (postponed a week).Major website additions going on (further updates later).Best beet harvest ever.

Homesteading Relevant News:

Small Farm, Real Profit –

Homesteading on display at Doors Open Grimsby –

Hangin’ Out on the Homestead Front Porch:

Question in the Front Porch for this week’s podcast episode: What would you say is your greatest success on your homestead?

Main Topic Of Discussion:

Homesteading When Your Spouse Isn’t On Board

Why your spouse isn’t on board

Don’t just make assumptions, ask them.

Address the issues that might get them on board


Doesn’t like animals

Doesn’t like gardening

Afraid people will think they are crazy

Doesn’t want to be overworked

Doesn’t want to give up life’s comforts.

Whatever it is talk with them and compromise.

Start Slow

Don’t bring in an excavator and do major Earth works for your new permaculture food forest.

Don’t take on more than you yourself can handle.

Do what you can

But don’t burn yourself out!

Involve them when you can

If there is any part of it they particularly enjoy then make sure they are involved.

Let them enjoy the changes and successes

Don’t rub it in their face, just let them notice.

Love them no matter what!

This is the person you chose to love for better or worse and while you should be able to pursue your dreams you should also be there for them to pursue theirs.

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