I’m the Autumn Rose, but everyone calls me Autumn. You can too! If you love raising your own food, home preserving, nutritious meals and a touch of country living, you’ve found a friend!
I’m a young gal in search of a healthy lifestyle. While I love experimenting in the kitchen with home-ground flour, farm-fresh eggs and local honey, nothing refreshes my soul like the outdoors. Gardens, foraging, raising heritage turkeys, hunting, fishing and helping out at the community farm makes this girl go ’round!
Due to personal health issues I’ve become concerned about nutrition, which has led to a food-preserving addiction. Come for a visit in fall and you’ll find the shelves in my cold room lined with home-canned goods and fermenting produce. You’ll see whole fruits and vegetables tucked away in bags and containers for winter, perhaps cheeses on a shelf or meat hanging to cure in the corner. And let’s not forget the freezers! Home-raised heritage turkeys, deer we hunt from the valley, rendered tallow and schmaltz, our ice chests hold nutrition as well!
I don’t do all this alone. Oh my, no! I’m married to a Canadian fella and we do it together, often with the help of good neighbors. Much of what we accomplish is made possible by the community farm we joined upon moving to the valley.
Homesteading: Why We Returned
While I grew up on a happening homestead in the Cascades of rural Oregon, my man and I have only recently returned to the homesteading lifestyle. We don’t own land yet but we are in hot pursuit of it, for more than one reason!
As I entered adulthood I waved goodby to the homesteading lifestyle. College led me away into the north lands of Canada and then, to a job in that location. One day, I would return. But for that time in life, it was the barren, cold north. Ever felt a winter chill of -50C (-58F)?!
While there I began experiencing a myriad of symptoms that grew in extremity until I was losing my ability to function. Doctors, appointments, enough blood samples taken to drown a horse, all to no avail until…but that’s another story you can read about at my first blog: thehope-lyme.com. Yep, that’s me! If you know anyone battling Lyme disease who could use some encouragement for their soul, please refer ’em to the link above!
Homesteading. I met a good man while living in the north. After dating for two years we married and began making a life together. During that first year we realized the homesteading lifestyle truly was the best way to live, the best choice we could make for my health, our future, our focus in life and children (if God grants that we have ’em). We left northern Canada and now reside in a quiet, low-income community, a fertile valley surrounded by mountains. We are saving for our own homestead, incorporating natural living and focusing on our relationship with Jesus and those around us.
I’m all about homesteading, not just because I crave the lifestyle, but because I see and experience the difference good food makes, the energy and vitality it gives to a body with a weakened immune system. I’ve also learned that community homesteading is the best option for this low energy gal! The impossible becomes possible with the help of others. How I love this aspect of the natural life!
Why I Blog
At its heart, this blog exists for those who have gained control over chronic Lyme disease. I believe the key to maintaining is found in healthy living. And for me, that is homesteading!
However, I also believe this blog will be applicable to anyone who wishes to move toward wholesome living. I do believe a change in diet and lifestyle can significantly reduce the issues so many of us battle on a regular basis. Stress, processed foods and the pursuit of money has a negative effect on most of us!
Not everyone is wired for country living. I understand that! You don’t have to wear overalls and tote a pitchfork to experience change. Learning to cook and prepare meals, purchasing produce from farmer’s markets, joining a farm share or shopping the “organic” section of your local supermarket are viable options! A dietary change is something anyone can do!
“the Autumn Rose”