The Joys and Benefits of Becoming Self-Sustainable:

Homesteading 101

Hey there! Have you ever daydreamed about leaving the hustle and bustle of city life behind and embracing a more self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyle? If so, you're not alone. More and more people are discovering the joys and benefits of homesteading, whether they have a sprawling piece of land or a cozy urban backyard. Let's dive into what it means to become self-sustainable, how you can start your own homestead, and why it’s such a rewarding journey.

What is Homesteading?

Homesteading is all about living a self-sufficient lifestyle by growing your own food, raising animals, and often generating your own power. It's a return to simpler times, where you rely on your own efforts to meet your needs. But don’t worry – you don’t need a giant farm to get started. Even a small plot of land or an urban backyard can become a productive homestead.

Why Go Self-Sustainable?

1. Healthier Living

Growing your own food means you know exactly what’s going into your meals. No pesticides, no chemicals – just fresh, organic produce. Imagine the taste of a tomato plucked straight from the vine, still warm from the sun. It’s incomparable!

2. Cost Savings

While there are initial setup costs, homesteading can save you money in the long run. You’ll spend less on groceries and utilities if you grow your own food and utilize renewable energy sources like solar power.

3. Environmental Impact

Reducing your reliance on commercial agriculture and fossil fuels significantly lowers your carbon footprint. Homesteading promotes sustainability and conservation, making it an eco-friendly choice.

4. Self-Reliance and Skills

Learning to grow your own food, raise chickens, or install solar panels builds valuable skills and fosters a sense of independence. Plus, it’s incredibly satisfying to accomplish these tasks yourself.

5. Mental Well-being

Homesteading can be a great stress reliever. Spending time outdoors, working with your hands, and seeing the fruits of your labor can be incredibly rewarding and therapeutic.

Getting Started with Your Homestead

1. Start Small

You don’t need to dive into the deep end right away. Begin with a small garden or a few potted plants if you’re limited on space. Herbs, tomatoes, and lettuce are great for beginners.

2. Get Some Chickens

Chickens are a fantastic addition to any homestead. They’re relatively easy to care for and provide fresh eggs daily. Plus, they help with pest control and fertilize your garden with their manure.

3. Explore Solar Power

Installing solar panels can significantly reduce your energy bills and reliance on the grid. While the initial cost can be high, government incentives and the long-term savings make it worthwhile.

4. Composting

Turn your kitchen scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost. It’s a great way to reduce waste and improve the quality of your soil.

5. Learn New Skills

Whether it’s canning, fermenting, or making cheese, there are countless skills to learn on the homesteading journey. Start with one or two projects and build from there.

Tips for Success

  • Plan Ahead: Map out your garden, research the best plants for your climate, and create a schedule for planting and harvesting.

  • Stay Informed: Join online communities or local groups of like-minded individuals. They can offer invaluable advice and support.

  • Be Patient: Homesteading is a learning process. Don’t get discouraged by setbacks; every failure is a step towards success.

  • Enjoy the Process: Remember, homesteading is about improving your quality of life. Enjoy the journey and the connection with nature.

Final Thoughts

Homesteading isn’t just a trend; it’s a fulfilling lifestyle choice that offers numerous benefits. From healthier living and cost savings to environmental impact and personal satisfaction, becoming self-sustainable is a rewarding adventure. So why not give it a try? Whether you have a large plot of land or a small backyard, you can start your journey to self-sufficiency today. Happy homesteading! ~RS

Good Evening. It's Saturday, June 8, and in this weekend edition, we're covering an unexpected US jobs report, previewing the Triple Crown's last leg, and much more.

One Big Headline

US Hiring Rises

US employers added 272,000 nonfarm jobs in May, exceeding economist estimates of 190,000 and surpassing the downwardly revised 165,000 jobs in April, according to government data released yesterday. However, the unemployment rate rose to 4%, the highest jobless level since January 2022. Economists had expected the rate to remain unchanged from April's 3.9%. 

Most of the jobs in May were added in healthcare (68,000), government (43,000), and leisure and hospitality (42,000). Average hourly earnings in May were also higher than expected, rising 0.4% month-over-month and 4.1% year-over-year. View all data here.

Phoenix and Las Vegas break daily records as western US swelters.

Phoenix reached 113 degrees Thursday, breaking a record for the hottest daily temperature for this time of year that was last set with 111 degrees in 2016. Las Vegas also broke a record, reaching 111 degrees. Extreme temperatures are expected to continue through today in California, Nevada, and Arizona thanks to a heat dome).

Supreme Court justice's 2023 financial disclosures released.

Supreme Court justices have long been required to annually disclose their finances, including conflicts of interest. They have come under closer scrutiny after a 2023 report found Justice Clarence Thomas accepted paid vacations and gifts without disclosure. The filings for 2023 showed Thomas amended his 2019 disclosure to include two trips paid for by billionaire Harlan Crow. The filings (see here) also revealed book royalties earned by four justices, rental properties, and more.

Last leg of horse racing's Triple Crown takes place today.

Saratoga Springs, New York, hosts the Belmont Stakes (6:41 pm ET, Fox) for the first time due to construction at Belmont Park, New York, where the race typically occurs. Another change for the 156th running of the Belmont Stakes is the prize increase of $2M, from $1.5M in 2023. The winners of this year's Kentucky Derby (Mystik Dan) and Preakness (Seize the Grey) are among the 10 horses competing in the last leg.

"Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood."

- George Orwell, from "Nineteen Eighty-Four"


A 5-year-old boy's former teacher donates her liver to save the boy's life. (More)

An 88-year-old Maryland foster mom is honored for raising over 40 children. (More)

New Jersey mom receives her master's hood from her 3-year-old son on stage at her Princeton graduation. (More)

Canadian food bank to open country's first free full-scale grocery store this summer. (More

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