Do What You Can Where You’re At With Guest Brenda Scott

On this episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast, I chat with the Author of the blog “Well Fed Homestead” Brenda Scott.

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 139 – May 3, 2020 – Do What You Can Where You’re At With Guest Brenda Scott.

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Embracing Homesteading in Small Spaces: Insights from Brenda Scott

Welcome to another episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast. Today’s episode is particularly inspiring for those just starting their homesteading journey or living in smaller spaces. Our guest, Brenda Scott, author of, shares her experience transitioning from a 30-acre farm to a smaller homestead. This episode is a testament to the idea that you can make the most out of your current living situation, no matter its size.

Transitioning from Large to Small Scale Homesteading

Brenda’s Journey

Brenda Scott’s story is a remarkable example of adapting homesteading practices to different scales. Initially, her family owned a 30-acre farm in Oregon, focusing on pastured chickens and dairy cows. They participated in farmers’ markets, embracing the full spectrum of traditional homesteading. However, a move to Virginia saw them downsizing to a quarter-acre lot, posing new challenges and learning curves.

Adapting to New Limitations

The move to Virginia meant Brenda had to rethink her homesteading strategies. She discovered that her new location didn’t permit chickens due to zoning laws, but she didn’t let this setback deter her. Instead, she explored other avenues of homesteading that were feasible in her new environment.

Maximizing Small Spaces for Homesteading

Urban Homesteading Techniques

Brenda emphasizes that homesteading isn’t confined to just gardening and animal rearing. It extends into the home with practices like fermenting and cooking from scratch. Even with limited outdoor space, she engages in growing food using garden towers, pots, and experimenting with regrowing vegetables from kitchen scraps. Brenda’s approach shows how urban homesteading can be both productive and fulfilling.

Embracing Indoor Homesteading

Beyond the garden, Brenda incorporates homesteading within her home. She makes gluten-free sourdough, kombucha, and water kefir, demonstrating that homesteading skills can be honed regardless of outdoor space limitations.

The Importance of Community and Knowledge Sharing and Social Media

Brenda’s blog,, is a rich resource for those looking to learn about homesteading. Her transition from a large farm to a smaller space provides valuable insights into adapting practices to fit various environments. Furthermore, her active Facebook community offers a platform for like-minded individuals to share experiences, advice, and encouragement.

The Role of Technology in Modern Homesteading

In today’s digital age, blogs and social media play a crucial role in disseminating homesteading knowledge. Brenda’s blog and online presence cater to the modern homesteader’s needs, offering practical advice and fostering a sense of community among enthusiasts.


Brenda Scott’s story is a powerful reminder that homesteading is not about the size of your land but the resourcefulness and creativity you bring to it. Her journey from a large farm to a smaller urban setting illustrates how limitations can be transformed into opportunities for growth and learning. Whether you’re a seasoned homesteader or just starting out, there’s always room to adapt and thrive in your unique environment.

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    Author, blogger, podcaster, homesteading and permaculture enthusiast. I have a passion for sharing what I learn and helping others on their journey. If you're looking for me, you'll usually find me in the garden.

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