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06 July 2010 @ 10:06 am
I was very excited to find a community like this. Since I've just joined I thought I'd be polite and post an intro. I've been slowly changing my lifestyle over the years, without realizing my drive to live simply, frugally, and at least somewhat self sufficiently were ultimately leading towards urban homesteading.

I've been in my first home in Wisconsin for over a year now and have a little 1/10th acre lot. I'd never had the opportunity to have my own garden before so I put in a test garden as soon as the ground was workable last spring. It was 126 square feet with 16 varieties. It went so well that I expanded to my entire back yard this season with 662 square feet and 53 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers.

This last year has been a great adventure. I've starting getting back to basics and learning lots of new things. I now do a lot more around the house making basics like soap and fresh sourdough bread. I took on my first carpentry projects making cold frames and rabbit hutches. And you guessed it, added two rabbits to my budding homestead. A pair of angoras to give me fiber and fertilizer. Sadly my city doesn't allow any other animals. I'm also time strapped between work and going to school nights and doing the homesteading thing alone, but I'm doing what I can.

On a more personal level, I currently work as an analyst for an engineering group. My background is pretty varied and includes everything from working as a construction mechanic to a programmer. On weekends I’m either working hard around the house, or with the family at their cabin AVTing, fishing, and hitting the driving range.

I'm a vegetarian, attend a Pentecostal Church, spend time volunteering through my employers volunteer organization, have a subscription to my local theatre, and do touristy stuff so I have fun things to practice my photography on. I’m fond of lots of “c” things: coffee, cooking, crochet, cutsey stuff, and cats. I’m unusually attached to my kitchen appliances. Grain mills are the coolest thing ever. I’m dehydrating all the time. I especially adore my Vitamix and make more than my fair share of green smoothies and hot soups in it.

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Lynnvigilant20 on July 6th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
LOL It's not a contest :) I've been lucky to run into some experienced homesteaders online who have taken me under their wing and done a lot of mentoring.

And dropping ideas of things I should be doing..so generally making more work for me :D