The Best Homestead Resource Around!

I want to share with you something that has been my number one resource for homesteading. The Ladies Homestead Gathering (LHG).

If you have never heard of it, LHG is a basically a group of local women homesteaders. BUT ITS SO MUCH MORE!

LHG is a wealth of information contained in the minds of the hundreds of members. Every one of these women are willing to share their knowledge with you. This collection of women all have their own unique talents and skills. There is more information combined in this group than ANY book could ever hold.

LHG currently only has chapters in Georgia and Pennsylvania but they are growing in leaps and bounds. If you are interested in starting a chapter contact them and they will be glad to walk you through it.

There are Face Book pages for each chapter where you can post questions or brag about collecting your first chicken egg! We also meet once a month to have discussions on everything homestead. From Ham Radios to Lacto-fermenting, Chickens to Chiggers, Soap making and herbal remedies, these meetings cover everything. LHG also has a network of farms, such as Lazy B Farm, which is owned by the LHG founder, Cyndi Ball. These farms hold classes on things like bee keeping, processing chickens, shearing sheep and canning, just to name a few.

LHG also holds an annual womens retreat and a national camping trip. I haven’t been to either yet, but I hear they are a hoot!

Not only is there tons of information available through LHG, but there is not a better place to find support or make new friendships. Since I have been an LHG member I have seen these wonderful ladies share resources and information, help solve problems, gather on Farm Work days to help members get their homestead projects finished, give support when making hard decisions such as culling and selling animals they love. I’ve also seen members help the injured and be a shoulder to cry on through the grief of the loss of a loved one. I have only been a member for a few months but in that time I have never felt more supported and valued. LHG is not just a priceless resource to me, the women in these groups have become friends like I have never had before.

Please take a moment to visit the National Ladies Homestead Gathering website here, or visit their Facebook page here for more information.


“The National Ladies Homestead Gathering exists to provide a welcoming environment, where women can share new ideas, celebrate victories, address challenges and cultivate community with like-minded women. All women are welcome who have a dream, calling or desire to be more self-sufficient. Single or married, in the planning phase or a veteran homesteader – every woman has something to contribute or gain from coming together.” -LHG

Do what you can with what you have (where you are)

There is a quote that I have been living by the past few years. Until recently,  I never knew who said it and apparently I havent been saying it correctly either.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” Theodore Roosevelt

I think this is one of the unwritten rules that homesteaders live by. We make the most of what we have. We don’t have to have the biggest and the best (unless of course that’s what the job calls for).

Most of the homesteaders I know have a stock pile of used glass jars and egg cartons. They also have compost piles and make vinegar from their apple scraps and when the vinegar is finished fermenting they give the apples scraps to their chickens as a snack.

I know that I have so many things that I want to accomplish on our land. I have many dreams and goals for our property. But I also know that I need to pace myself and be happy with what I have. Become an expert on what I have. Improve on what I have. Once I have done the most I can with what I already have, I can pursue my other goals, when we can afford to do so.

It’s hard to have dreams sometimes. There is a lot that I would like to do to our home and property but I have to feed my family before I buy new ceiling fans (because God knows those brass ones need to go!). Until then, the lights turn on and the room feels cool. And I can always paint the brass to help ease the suffering eyes.

Being a first time homesteader I have a lot to catch up on. But I have to remind myself that in order for our homestead to thrive, I have to do what is best for it. I have to spend money wisely and prioritize my projects. I have to keep myself from comparing other people’s homesteads to my own.

"Comparison is the Thief of Joy" - Theodore Roosevelt Photo courtesy of Karen Kastner

“Comparison is the Thief of Joy” – Theodore Roosevelt
Photo courtesy of Karen Kastner