The Homestead Journey With Guest Brian Wells

On this episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast, I chat with Brian Wells from The Homestead Journey Podcast.

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 137 – April 19, 2020 – The Homestead Journey With Guest Brian Wells.

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Embracing the Homesteading Journey: Insights from Brian Wells

Welcome to episode 137 of the Modern Homesteady Podcast. I’m thrilled to have Brian Wells from the Homestead Journey Podcast joining us today. Brian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in homesteading, and we’re excited to dive into his journey.

Brian’s Homesteading Story

Starting on Two Acres

Brian shares his experience of homesteading on just over two acres in upstate New York. Despite not having a vast expanse of land, Brian and his family have successfully raised American Guinea Hogs, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, and meat rabbits. His journey underscores that successful homesteading doesn’t require vast acreage but rather creativity and determination.

Learning and Growing

One of the key themes in Brian’s story is the evolution of his homesteading skills. From initially struggling to grow zucchini to learning the nuances of raising different animals, Brian’s experience is a testament to the learning curve in homesteading. He emphasizes that challenges and failures are part of the journey and essential for growth.

Maximizing Small Spaces

Raised Beds and Experimentation

Brian discusses his use of raised beds for gardening, employing the square foot gardening method by Mel Bartholomew. He also talks about experimenting with the Ruth Stout gardening method, a deep mulch technique using hay, and its potential benefits for his garden. These methods highlight the importance of adapting gardening techniques to fit one’s space and resources.

Diverse Animal Raising

Brian’s approach to raising various animals on his modest property showcases the potential for diversification even in smaller spaces. His experience with American Guinea Hogs, particularly, illustrates how choosing the right livestock breed can be crucial for small-scale homesteading success.

The Importance of Community and Adaptability

Learning from Each Other

Brian emphasizes the value of community support in homesteading. He shares an experience where his community rallied to support him after a minor setback, highlighting the importance of connections and shared knowledge in the homesteading world.

Adapting to Circumstances

Both Brian and I discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the importance of adaptability in homesteading. The crisis has encouraged many to start growing their own food, regardless of their living situation. This adaptability, whether in response to a global crisis or personal challenges, is a key characteristic of successful homesteaders.

Conclusion

Brian Wells’ journey in homesteading, despite the limitations of space, is a powerful reminder that homesteading is about making the most of what you have. His story is filled with lessons on adaptability, continuous learning, and the importance of community support. As more people embrace homesteading, especially in these uncertain times, Brian’s insights and experiences offer both inspiration and practical guidance.

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