Joyful Homesteading

Joyful Homesteading is all about finding joy in the simple things and making the most of what you have.  It's about living the best quality of life possible while saving money.  It's about improving your health by growing your own food as well as raising critters for fresh milk, meat and eggs.

Are you ready to find joy in simplicity?  Read on!

Raising Your Own Food

Raising Goats

Learn more about raising goats for meat, milk and profit.

Raising Chickens

Learn more about raising chickens for fresh eggs and meat.


Raise your own fresh honey and save the planet.


Save money and improve your health by growing your own food.

Raising Cattle

Raise cattle for milk and grass-fed meat.

Raising Hogs

Raise hogs for a low-cost way to raise meat.

Homestead Frugality

Tips on Saving Money

How to obtain financial freedom faster.

Frugal Cooking

Save money by cooking at home.

Homemade Clean

Save money and stay healthy with these homemade cleaning product recipes.

Healthy Recipes

Save money with these healthy recipes.

Make Money Homesteading

Ways to earn a living doing what you love.

Build Your Own Home

Low cost ways to avoid rent or a mortgage.

Self Reliance

How to Begin Homesteading

Learn how to get started homesteading.

The City Farm

Homesteading in the city.

Emergency Preparedness

Why being prepared is important.

Off-Grid Power

How to have your own self-reliant power.

Natural Health

Learn how to nurture your body so that it heals naturally.


Take charge of your child's education through homeschooling.

What is Joyful Homesteading?

It means living on less and enjoying life more.   It means simplifying, getting rid of the clutter not only physically, but emotionally as well.

And what will that mean to you?
    •    Try independence.
    •    The satisfaction of knowing you did it yourself.
    •    Freedom.

Think looking to yourself for food instead of a grocery store or fast food place.

Knowing exactly what's going into your body, and what your children are eating, and even leaving the insanity of commutes, traffic, and crowds behind.

A Return to a Simpler Lifestyle

Less than a hundred years ago, the small farm was king. And if they didn’t live on a farm, at the very least folks had chickens in their backyards and grew their own vegetables.  But then big business came on the scene, and we all got office jobs. And women went to work, too, because why should men have all the fun?

So we all dressed up in our office clothes, dropped our kids off at the public school or daycare, spent hours in the car, sat at a desk for even longer hours, took half an hour at noon and raced to a nearby fast food place. 

We’d eat fried chicken or a burger and fries that made us feel stuffed and miserable. Then we’d race back to the office so we could sit at our cubicles for a few more hours.
Then we climbed into our cars and drove home, where we were too tired to cook so we either picked up some more fast food that made us feel bloated and miserable or we popped a frozen meal into the microwave which wasn’t much better.  And then we drugged ourselves with television until it was bedtime, when we’d lay awake half the night struggling with insomnia.  And we’d be sick all the time and wonder why.

Is That Really How You Want to Live?

There is another way, a way that will help you eat better, cut costs and even get out of debt.  But growing foods organically and having a homestead is not just a way to get great food.  It is also learning to slow down, to enjoy the simple life while working harder than you ever thought you could and loving every second of it.

It’s learning to live the frugal life so you don’t have to earn as much.  And it can also mean finding alternative forms of income so you don’t have to make that commute everyday. Plus you don’t have to own a big plot of land either.  It is not about owning an acreage, although folks who start down this road usually end up with an acre or two eventually!

Instead, it's a way of life that can be lived just as easily in town as in the country.
You have a great life ahead of you, and Joyful Homesteading is the place to help you find it.  Enjoy!

Sue Merriam

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