Each of these four tools helps reduce the ever-present work associated with homesteading. They don’t automate all the chores and used wisely, won’t alter the character and authenticity of your environment or acreage. They will make life easier.
A big part of homesteading is raising your own food. Rototillers make gardening much more productive and simple. It takes the backbreaking work out of spring soil preparation and much of the time-consuming work of weeding. This appliance resembles a snow blower for dirt, but instead of blowing it away, it simply turns it over, eliminating the need for hoeing.
The best way to preserve the food you raise is by canning it. Although freezing is easy and has good results, the appliance may fail mechanically or because of a power failure. Although there are risks associated with home canning, they dwindle with practice and close adherence to the rules. It’s one area where you don’t want to get creative. A pressure cooker is virtually the only way to home can safely, especially if you want to can low acid fruit and vegetables, along with meat.
Look for a canning pressure cooker specifically. They will tell you what the jar capacity is in pints and quarts. It should indicate the pounds of pressure in the canner at all times. Newer pressure cookers are much easier and safer to operate than older versions, but they still rely on the basics for food safety. Processing food for a specific number of pounds of pressure for a specific amount of time.
Just like homesteads, tractors come in all kinds of sizes and degrees of complexity. There are plenty a big tractor for sale out there. There are also small tractors, but all of them provide functions that would be hard to homestead without. They will haul heavy loads, and provide power for attachments like mowers and wagons. They’ll traverse some of the roughest ground and even go through tough terrain as long as they fit.
Part of being self-sufficient on a homestead usually entails providing your own heat. Wood stoves provide high amounts of heat. If you have a wood lot nearby, you can harvest your own with a chain saw. It’s a strenuous activity, but for the physically fit, one with a high rate of return. Wood burns much hotter than other fuels, including heating oil and natural gas. When you use it with an EPA-certified stove, it won’t contribute to climate change, since it has virtually no particulate or gaseous emissions.
Each of these tools will help you live sustainably on your property without hard work associated with homesteading. They save time, which enables you to devote yourself to more rewarding activities.
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Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber