Want to grow food by working with nature rather than against it?
Where do you start? How do you protect your plants from pests, or keep aggressive weeds from taking over? And what in the world can we do to protect our crops from the violent whims of climate change?
With Big Ag and sprawling development threatening the natural world that sustains us, you know there has to be a better way.
A better way to grow food.
A better way to live.
When you’re starting out, it’s easy to feel like you’re lost in the woods. But with the right path, 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.
Wild Homesteading: The Story
Hi, I’m Daron.
My wife Michaela and I started Wild Homesteading to help people grow food by working with nature, rather than against it.
Wild Homesteading means cultivating abundance for people, plants and animals.
Whereas traditional homesteading was about going out and “taming the wilderness,” wild homesteaders are bringing the wild back—rebuilding native landscapes and supporting wildlife while also growing their own food.
As a lifelong gardener with years of experience restoring landscapes and ecosystems, I know that working with nature isn’t just good for the planet…
It’s also the best way to grow food, and it’s the grounding for a beautiful life. For a natural life, where people can live, work, and play amidst wild abundance in the open air.
For the past few years, I’ve been putting these practices to work on my own homestead, rapidly transforming our plot of degraded pastureland into an abundant sanctuary that nourishes the mind, body, and spirit.
I’ve planted over a thousand trees and shrubs, and I love watching them grow alongside my two kids.
I grow food in nearly every area I’ve transformed, from the main kitchen garden to my outer hedgerows.I’ve built abundant semi-wild areas and outdoor living spaces to create a safe haven where wildlife can roam, people can find peace, and children can play.
Every action I take on my homestead benefits the people, plants, and wild critters that live here.
And you can do the same.
One of the hardest challenges people face with this beautiful endeavor is finding the time. I’m working full time outside the home and raising two kids, so I know exactly how real that struggle is.
But I’m making it work, and you can too.Whether your homestead is a few acres or your own backyard, come along. Your wild homestead awaits.
Become a Wild Homesteader
Anyone can be a wild homesteader.
You don’t need a lot of space—I built my first drought-proof raised bed on an apartment balcony, and the strategies I write about are practices I’m using on my own homestead, on just under 3 acres.
We’re a part of this earth. The right to experience nature at your doorstep and enjoy fresh, healthy food from the ground should not be the domain of the privileged few.
You were literally born for this life, and it’s time to claim what is yours:
To revel in the beauty of the natural world as you cultivate wild abundance,
To nourish your mind and body as you help heal the wild world around you.Let us help you make yourself at home on your own wild homestead.
Make Yourself At Home…
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