We now have water on our homestead! We still need to buy a pump and everything else that goes along with that project before we see the full benefits of our well. We hadn't planned on putting a well in this soon but things happen for a reason and I guess it was time for us to have a water supply on our homestead. When we bought the property the seller told us he would have electricity brought to the property once we started building houses. So we started building houses and he started contacting the electric company. The seller found out that we also needed to have a well put in before they would start working on the electricity. We couldn't afford to have the well put in so what does the seller do? Pays for the up front cost of having the well drilled. Amazing! You don't find people like this everywhere. So now our homestead has a well and before too long we will have fresh water at the homestead. We cant wait!
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About This BLOG
The Zion Project is what my family is calling our journey into homesteading. Call it simple living, homesteading, self sufficient or even self reliant because its all the same to us. I wish that I could say that we are successful homesteaders with a lot of helpful advice to share with you but that's not the case. Not yet anyways. We are learning as we go and we invite you to stick around as we attempt to become more self reliant by living off the land.
The Zion Project
A family's desire to go from city to farm. From endless traffic lights to endless country dirt roads. A desire to walk in a garden instead of a grocery store. A choice to raise chickens instead of buying eggs. A dream to build a house instead of owning a thirty year mortgage. A place where family and friends are more important then careers. To create a homestead with the focus of becoming self reliant. To become dependent on the land we live on and not the society we created around it. The ability to thrive in world that appears to be falling apart in so many ways.
Why do we want a more self-reliant lifestyle?
My family was living in St. Augustine Florida when we first started thinking about becoming more self sufficient. I don't remember exactly when and where but I am sure it had to do with the rough economy, rising gas prices, and rising food prices when we realized the world we live in is far from stable. Add in five nights a week of Glenn Beck and a wake up call from Hurricane Katrina and we realized that our family wasn't prepared to survive a week without Wal-Mart. The truth makes you sick at first but also makes you stronger if you choose not to ignore it.We have a lot of reasons for choosing a more simple life. More then anything I think we want more options. We want to learn how to grow our own fruits and vegetables as well as raising our own dairy cow for the milk, cheese and butter. We also want to raise our own chickens so that we would have our own source of eggs and meat on our homestead. This way of living has always been around but we feel its becoming more and more important for people to at least know how to live off the land.