Many people dream of owning a homestead. The simpler way of life and enjoying a closer connection with nature is a big part of the appeal for many people. Seeing the beauty of the natural world first-hand each day can make you feel more protective of it, and more aware of how precious the environment is. Living a life that is in tune with the seasons will undoubtedly make you more aware of the impact of damage caused to the environment.
Your homestead gives you a unique opportunity to embrace an environmentally-friendly lifestyle and make some positive changes to live more sustainably. If you are keen to make your homestead sustainable and increase your eco-friendly credentials, you may be wondering how to get started on making these changes. There are plenty of ways to make your homestead more environmentally friendly, so you may decide to start with some smaller changes and build up from there. Here are some ideas that you may like to try as part of your plans for a more sustainable way of life:
Water is a precious resource and should be used wisely to prevent it from being wasted. One of the best ways that you can conserve water on your homestead is by harvesting rainwater. The rainwater can then be used for a whole host of purposes. Before you get started, you will need to purchase farm water tanks to store your water safely. Once you have your containers, you can begin to harvest rainwater and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you are putting this precious water to good use. The rain can be used for watering plants and crops, as well as a water source for your animals. Make sure that your rainwater isn’t contaminated in any way, and is safe to use. Follow local guidelines on how you are allowed to use water tanks in your area.
The next time you experience a period of drought, you will be glad that you made the decision to conserve rainwater on your homestead, and your crops will certainly be thankful for it too.
Switch to Organic Growing
There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own produce. Nothing beats cooking a meal with vegetables that you have grown yourself. The great thing about growing your own food is that you know exactly where it has come from, and that it is entirely fresh. Growing your own is so much better for the environment too. Eating fresh produce from your homestead means that you aren’t buying foods which have been imported and traveled a long distance to reach you, so you are effectively reducing your carbon footprint. Growing produce at home also reduces waste, as there is no need for packaging.
To ensure that your produce is as healthy and packed with nutrients as possible, it is a good idea to switch to organic growing methods. To begin with, organic growing can seem a little daunting. However, knowing that your fruit and vegetables are free from chemicals makes it more than worth it. Food that isn’t grown organically can contain traces of pesticides, fungicides and other nasties. Not only are these not great to consume, but they also have a negative impact on the surrounding environment. Pesticides and chemicals used to grow food can contaminate soil and even lead to water pollution.
Put your food scraps to good use and create a compost bin on your homestead. It always seems like such a waste to throw items like peel from fruit and veggies into the garbage, so why not use them to create your very own nutrient-packed compost?
Making a compost bin takes time to set up and a little time spent on it to get it working. The time spent on it is more than worth it though, and far better than all the food waste heading off to the landfill. To get started on your compost project, you will need a container with a lid to keep indoors to pop your food scraps in, and a larger bin outside which you will use to make the compost.
You can add all kinds of scraps to your compost, but it is vital that you don’t add items that will attract pests. So never add things such as raw or cooked meat; otherwise, you could find some unwelcome visitors lurking in your compost. Fruit and vegetable scraps are great for your compost, as are eggshells and tea leaves and coffee grounds, you can also add newspapers too, as these will also decompose with the food scraps.
Re-Think Your Energy
If getting started on your eco-friendly journey gives you a passion for taking it further, then why not re-think the way your home uses power? Installing solar panels on their home isn’t for everybody, but it is a significant step towards a life of self-sufficiency on your homestead.
Alternative energy, such as solar panels is not just great for the environment, but it can have a positive impact on your bank account too! Solar panels can save you loads of cash on your energy bills, and you may even be able to get help towards the cost of their installation if there is a scheme running in your area.
Share Your Passion
Many people find that once they get started on their eco-journey, it snowballs, and before they know it, they are introducing many more environmentally conscious initiatives to their homestead. If you are passionate about the changes that you are making, why not share that passion with your community? Meeting like-minded people is a great way to bounce ideas off each other and get inspired. Maybe you could set up a gardening club in your local area or perhaps start a local produce store once a week, where everyone can bring along their home-grown items. Whether the changes that you make are big or small, they all make a difference and act as a positive step towards a more sustainable future.