Grow Food Working with Nature Rather Than Against Nature?
Where do you start? With the soil? The water? How do you support beneficial critters while keeping the pests in check? And what’s the deal with invasive plants anyways?
Trying to sort through all the information and choices can seem overwhelming, but with the right toolbox, anyone can work with nature to cultivate abundance.
And here’s a secret: when you work with nature, nature will work with you, building off your own efforts to achieve even more abundance.
Hi. I’m Daron.
I started Wild Homesteading to help people learn how to grow food by working with nature rather than against it. Whether your homestead is a few acres or your own backyard, come along.
We’ve got work to do.
Wild Homesteading: The Journey
As a restoration project manager and lifelong gardener, I know working with nature isn’t just good for the planet – it’s also the best way to cultivate abundance.
Nothing beats the fresh crunch of snap peas just off the vine, or a juicy, candy-sweet bite of wild strawberries. And it’s not just about the harvest.
After a long day, there’s no better way to unwind than by digging in the dirt and breathing in that rich evening air, perfumed by an explosion of lupins and by soils teeming with organic life.
It feels great to know the same abundance that helps me relax also attracts pollinators to my garden, builds the soil, and helps keep my food crops from drying out.
I’ve always loved growing food this way, and enjoying nature’s fresh abundance at every corner of my home.
But what really motivated me to share this work with others was something I saw a few years ago that really scared me.
I was helping a local non-profit identify areas for future conservation efforts. I developed a computer model to identify every single piece of land in our region that could offer abundance for wildlife and was practical for conservation.
Pretty cool, huh? But here’s the thing…
There wasn’t much left.
And the same thing is happening all over. Development is eating away at our wild spaces, destroying native plant life and threatening the wildlife that depend on them.
We’re all connected, so I don’t need to tell you how this story ends.
That was the moment I realized we have to stop thinking of wild spaces as something “out there” to conserve. We need to create wildness everywhere.
We need to bring it into our homes and gardens, to the heart of our cities and the depths of our countryside, if we are to have any chance of preserving the ecosystems that sustain us.
Luckily, we don’t have to choose between helping the planet and helping ourselves.
While traditional homesteading was steeped in the ideal of going out into the wild and “taming” the landscape for human use. Wild Homesteading works the other way around.
With nearly all our natural spaces degraded by human over-consumption, the Wild Homesteader brings wildness back while also growing food or raising animals for their own sustenance.
When you work with nature, nature works with you - It’s really that simple.
What do You Need Help With?
Anyone can be a Wild Homesteader. You don’t need much space—I built my first drought-proof raised bed on an apartment balcony, and all the strategies I write about are practices I’m using on my own homestead, on just under 3 acres.
Getting started really comes down to breaking the complexities into manageable parts, and that’s where I come in.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get to work!