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This is the blog of homesteaders Ben (left) and Justin (right). Here you can join us on our adventures in Permaculture and Market Gardening.
How Did We Get Here?
Justin and I met in college, he was a year ahead of me. At first, neither of us liked the other. I thought he was stuck up and prudish and he thought I was a snotty kid. By my junior year of college we had taken a liking to one another and we started dating. Unfortunately, during our first few months, my mother died from cancer and Justin’s parent’s got a divorce. We leaned on one another and from that point on we were inseparable.
As for homesteading, it was born out of necessity. After both of us graduated college, we found that we graduated into one of the worst economies the US has had in a while and the highest unemployment we’ve seen in decades. This meant that even though I was working two “real” jobs and Justin was a full time insurance agent, neither of us made enough money to buy groceries after bills. After a months of eating instant noodles and spaghetti, I started learning how to make our most expensive items from scratch. After that, I was hooked. I was already growing plants on the balcony for fun, so it was only natural that I should run across homesteading.
In 2013 we decided we wanted to buy a house. We were immediately told that our credit sucked and that we weren’t ready. So we spent over a year bolstering our scores, paying off debt and saving up a little money. In late 2014 we started looking for homes near my hometown of Saranac, MI. In February of 2015, on the coldest, windiest, most bitter winter day, after all of our prospects had fallen through, we took a chance and viewed a home with three acres our agent didn’t even know was for sale. The online photos made it look nice, but everything else had looked nice too. We walked into a home heated to almost 80 degrees with a pellet stove, walls covered in warm pine paneling, and were immediately in love. We wrote the offer up on their dining room table.
After two months of the worst closing anyone has ever gone through and three times as much money as we expected to put in a down payment, we got the house and the three acres. We moved in on April 29th with a single U-Haul truck and no furniture, we were home.
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