Have you ever read a general-purpose book or blog about homesteading? So much of the information is based on your region. Want to build a house? Check the building codes in your area. Want to forage for food? Check a field guide for your area. Want to grow crops? Check the frost zone for your area.
Those books and blogs are wonderful; it would be impossible for a single book to include information for every region in the U.S.! But that said, I really wanted a single resource that would tell me how to homestead in my region – how to find my building codes and my field guide and forage in my area. That’s where this site comes in!
As I relocate from Columbus, OH to the Asheville, NC area, I’ll be sharing my progress on my homestead and including regional-specific information about homesteads in this gorgeous area.
What is Western North Carolina?
Other than one of the most beautiful places in the United States, you mean? There are three basic regions of North Carolina: the Mountains, the Piedmont, and the Coastal Plains. WNC is the Mountain region, and encompasses the following counties:
What is homesteading?
Mother Earth News – a great resource for homesteaders – has the following definition:
21st century homesteading… is all about self sufficiency — wherever you live. It’s about using less energy, eating wholesome local food, involving your family in the life of the community and making wiser choices that will improve the quality of life for your family, your community and the environment around you.
Self-sufficiency summarizes the homesteading movement pretty well. This does not mean that you have to shut off your electricity and regress to feudal-era farming. In short, anything you do to make yourself less dependent on buying things – whether that’s starting a small garden, sewing your own clothes, or using solar power – is part of homesteading. You can take steps toward self-sufficiency in an urban apartment, a starter home, or on 100 acres of land! This broad definition means that homesteading is also associated with survivalism / emergency preparedness (including zombie preppers), tiny houses, solar power, and other causes.
Who am I?
Hi – I’m Val! I’m a freelancer, and when I began blogging about WNC Homesteading, I lived in Columbus, OH. My husband and I went to Hot Springs and Asheville on our honeymoon in 2010, and we fell in love with the area. In the summer of 2017 we moved to an apartment outside Asheville. Our current plan is to buy a starter home c. 2020, and eventually buy a plot of land to begin homesteading.
I’ve been reading about homesteading, solar power, construction, gardening, livestock, and other self-sufficiency and survival skills for about five years now in preparation for this plan – and it’s all starting to come together as Cory and I take steps toward reasonable self-sufficiency. I’m going to share my tips and progress with you as I go along, providing information specific to homesteads in the WNC / NC Mountains region.
Wish us luck!