[hohm-sted-ing] verb

1. a lifestyle of self sufficiency through farming with heirloom fruits and vegetables, seed saving techniques, raising livestock, food preservation, small production of textiles and crafts, and the use of renewable energies.

Meet Jennifer:

Jennifer comes by her love of nature honestly having a bachelors degree in marine biology and ecology. She worked in the aquaculture field for eight years as a hatchery specialist. Later Jennifer became a research technician who grew and research saltwater micro-algae for a biofuels company out of California.

Life took Jennifer to meet her husband Sean and move to the outskirts of Charlotte, NC. Being land locked from any ocean job and later beginning a family, had changed Jennifer’s career options in a different manner to a stay at home mama and wife. One income life lead her to become more creative in money saving and ultimately began the life of becoming homesteaders.

Jennifer has many hobbies and they seem to expand more and more every year with homesteading. One of the few pleasures in life is her connection to the outdoors. The family and her love to spend beautiful days hiking the western North Carolina mountains, minimalist camping anywhere they can, or just hanging out in the backyard playing games or getting odd and end chores done. 

Food is another large passion of Jennifer. She loves to bake and cook all sorts of different meals for her family. She loves to scourer the internet, mainly Pinterest, and her cookbooks for great, new and unique recipes. Jennifer has now gotten become such a great cook that she now comes up with her very own recipes. You can also find her knitting, crocheting, sewing, gardening, canning, dehydrating, reading, and blogging as often as she can find time.

You can find Jennifer’s many recipes, how-to instructions, and other homesteading posts throughout this blog.

About the blog:

This blog started off in 2010 with the purchase and ownership of the families first home outside of Charlotte, NC but has grown into two distinct homesteads now. In 2017, a second raw piece of land was purchased in the Western North Carolina mountains which is to become a future homestead and retirement home. Both pieces of land and home has become a center for our homesteading journey but both areas also has a unique homesteading name. In order to combine both efforts cleanly written about, you will see two distinct homesteading names present throughout this blog; One Acre Vintage Homestead and Pumpkin Patch Mountain Homestead. It is not the intention to confuse but to inform you as the reader on all the things we are attempting here. It is also a great keepsake journal for the family to remember all the accomplishments.

Click here to learn more about the One Acre Vintage Homestead

Click here to learn more about the Pumpkin Patch Mountain Homestead


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  1. I love the Craftsman Home. It has always been my favorite kind of house. I live in NW Florida and we have a lot of these kinds of homes. You have a beautiful property and you seem to be well on your way to having a grand homestead. We had a piece of property we were going to start on ourselves but things didn’t work out, so it’s back to the drawing board. I’m glad to have found your blog and hope to read more great ides in the future. God bless your home and family.~Patty

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      Thank you so much for the kind words. Don’t get discouraged, that property was just not meant to be and a much better one is out there waiting for you. Good luck and keep us posted!

      1. Love your home. Great use of what ground you have.

  2. I love this! You put so much on such a small plot I didn’t think it possible. I grew up out in a wooded country side. We had tons of trees my dad cleared to create our little farm. We lived on 10 acres which growing up I thought was huge. We raised our own livestock: rabbits, hogs, chickens, goats and cattle. My dad said we couldn’t have any animals we couldn’t eat. So no horses but we were lucky he allowed us dogs to chase off the coyotes and cats to kill all the snakes and rodents. But we couldn’t bring them inside. We had tons of garden areas: from edibles to flowers. I always thought you needed at least 10 acres to do that. But I like that you have shown people that even with a small lot if you plan you can go “big” so to speak with a variety of things and ways to grow. Thanks, I appreciate your experiences.

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      Thank you for sharing your story. We live in town limits and can’t have any hooved animals so we are limited there. And I totally understand your dad, we don’t have any animals that we can’t eat either or at least are not useful to helping on the homestead. My family look forward to buying a large plot in the mountains that will open up some more experiences for us. I am glad you like our little blog.

  3. I am so glad I found you. I live in Southern California and having been slowing making changes at home. We recycle, live low-cost, garden veggies, herbs and have a large fig tree. We happen to be on the monarch butterfly migration path so many of our flowers are dedicated to feeding them along the way and the others are to bees and help their numbers. I have a side yard which is a successful planter garden and also have a good compost routine. Question – do you have a worm compost and do you have any tips on how to start one while being very frugal and simple?

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