The Homesteaders' Way: Changing Careers and Building Futures
Lisa is the voice behind the two-acre homestead podcast. She was born and raised in the Silicon Valley. The area she grew up in was kind of an interesting mixture; it was part rural and part suburbia. Lisa was raised by two beautiful parents and her mom has a farming background which played a significant role in her life.
When Lisa’s grandfather came to live with them, that put something in her heart, a desire to want to grow and farm and live off of the land, and that seed would not start to sprout and grow until she was in her 30s when she and her husband started homesteading back in 2011.
They were both very accomplished in their careers and things that they were doing, but Lisa just had this overwhelming urge to get back to the land; a lot of it had to do with health and just wanting to change their lifestyle. Lisa could see that going to the grocery store all the time relying on external forces to provide food for her was just not going to work. Right around that time, Lisa got sick. To this day, they don’t know what it was, but when she eats food that they produce on their homestead, she doesn’t have the symptoms. So Lisa became totally convinced that there was something to this lifestyle.
Eventually, they decided that they wanted to move to Tucson, AZ. When they moved to Tucson, they got what they thought at the time was a much bigger place with a very large lot size for suburbia. In retrospect, she had to kind of smile because it really wasn’t that big, but coming from living in inner-city Phoenix, AZ, to a lot size that was basically .16 acre, seemed like a huge jump to her at that time.
Lisa grew so much of her own food on her property and she learned a lot about soil health, when to plant and when to harvest. They learned a lot about how to handle her harvest and how to preserve her own food. Lisa learned a lot in Phoenix, too, but Tucson really helped her. Eventually, they moved to the property where they are today on two acres and it’s their hope to teach other people some of the things that they have learned on the way so that their journey into homesteading doesn’t have to be fraught with some of the mistakes that they have made.
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