Turn An Urban Backyard Into A Garden

Turn An Urban Backyard Into A Garden

Every journey begins with a first step, or sometimes, it doesn’t begin at all. Many of us observe others embarking on new endeavors, often giving the illusion that we are following a similar path. However, the necessity of cultivating your own food cannot be overstated.

In these times, as we face difficulties unparalleled since the era of our great grandparents, the importance of self-sustainability becomes increasingly clear. The world, including the USA, is experiencing a level of instability and turmoil unprecedented in history, with negative forces seemingly gaining ground rapidly.

Instead of fixating on factors beyond your control, it’s time to roll up your sleeves, seek guidance and strength through prayer, and strategize for your family’s survival in these uncertain times. At The Backroads Homestead, we are committed to sowing the seeds of liberty and inspiring others to do the same. Our community not only encourages each other in these endeavors but also rewards such efforts.

Approach this as an enjoyable challenge. Avoid getting bogged down by overthinking or succumbing to despair. Recognize the grim state of the world, but choose to plan for survival rather than sinking with the metaphorical ship. Many people are overwhelmed by the fear and negativity broadcasted in the media, leading to a sense of helplessness. However, it’s crucial to move past these feelings and take action. Surround yourself with positive, action-oriented individuals, and distance yourself from naysayers.

Make it a game. Ya, I mean, keep it fun. Don’t suffer from analysis paralysis or woe be me stuff. That’ll end with your doom. Know enough to make the conscious decision to say “ok, the world is kinda sucking right now, need to plan on how to not go down with this ship”. I see so many people take the negative, fear-mongering garbage on our screens and just throw a pity party… or even a puddles pity party (below, ya, that’s a thing). Sure, everyone hurts sometimes, but then get over it! DO SOMETHING. Wipe away those tears, get with people who do the things, and get rid of the negative people who tell you you can’t. Jess, Link and I care about you, and want you to live and even thrive when the next crash goes hard-core.

Take us, as an example. Back in 2014ish, neither my wife or I had any clue how to garden, but we had a child now and parental instincts started kicking in about the world around us not heading in a good direction for our child. While we can’t control what God does, what wars happen, or how the earth goes round, we CAN start to take some effort in making things, and learning how to do things, and getting ready to deal with people who didn’t see the writing on the wall.

Let me put this a different way, to be more Frank. As society erodes, those of us who are doing the things, will gravitate towards others who are doing the things. Many will begin to see those who are not doing the things as a threat to those doing the things. Don’t be a threat, do the things. Matter to the people who will help protect you, your family, and your property. And it doesn’t take much! Those who do the things are always looking for those taking the effort to do the things, even if they fail, they are really trying, the folks doing the things may step in and help where needed.

People think you need a big farm setup and lots of land and big bucks to launch food production. Nope, grab some soil, seeds, and time to care for them, and you too, can be part of this new culture of independence resurgence. Here’s a video of how we took the simple, small backyard of our last property and turned it into a little Garden of Eden. We started with one thing, then we did another. And before you knew it… the entire back yard was producing produce, even the old hot tub! Myself, Jess, and Link are dedicated to your well-being and aim to see you not just survive but thrive in the face of future adversities. Our own journey began around 2014, with no prior knowledge of gardening, driven by parental instincts to provide a better world for our child. While we can’t control divine will, global conflicts, or the natural order, we can certainly strive to be proactive in learning and preparing for challenges.

In closing, I’d like to really put the emphasis on putting your thoughts into action. Join us and share your results with us! We all need to encourage one another and make things happen.

Until Next Time,


Introducing Backroads Homesteading

Introducing Backroads Homesteading

Welcome, friends and fellow homesteaders, to the inaugural blog post of our brand-new website, Backroads Homesteading!

We’re thrilled to invite you into this digital extension of our physical homestead nestled in the beautiful, rolling landscapes of Arkansas. Our new website isn’t just a platform; it’s a community, a resource, and a shared space for all things homesteading.

Discovering Backroads Homesteading

At Backroads Homesteading, our mission is simple: to embrace and promote a self-sufficient lifestyle that’s in harmony with nature. Whether you’re a seasoned homesteader, a curious beginner, or someone who simply loves the idea of living more sustainably, there’s something here for everyone.

What’s in Store for You?

Educational Resources: Our website is packed with informative articles, how-to guides, and practical tips on various aspects of homesteading, from organic gardening and animal care to sustainable living practices.

Interactive Community: Connect with like-minded individuals through our forums, share your experiences, ask questions, and be part of a supportive and knowledgeable community.

Shop Our Products: Explore our online shop for homesteading essentials, crafted goods, and more, all designed to make your journey into self-sufficiency smoother and more enjoyable.

Up-to-Date News & Updates: Stay informed about the latest happenings at our homestead, upcoming events, and new additions to the site through our dedicated “News & Updates” section.

Why Did We Create This Website?

Our journey into homesteading taught us the value of community, sharing knowledge, and learning from others. This website is our way of extending that sense of community beyond the physical borders of our homestead. We believe that by sharing our experiences, we can inspire and empower others to embark on their homesteading journey.

Join Us on This Exciting Adventure

We invite you to explore our website, join our newsletter for regular updates, and become an active participant in our growing online homesteading family. Your feedback, stories, and experiences are what will shape this community, and we can’t wait to hear from you.

As we say here at Backroads Homesteading, every journey starts with a single step — or, in our case, a single seed. Let’s plant that seed together and watch it grow into something beautiful.

Happy homesteading!