Have you ever dreamed of living a simpler life, surrounded by nature and self-sufficient in your daily needs?
At Walkerland, we live that dream every day on our homestead in Canada’s Maritimes. Our home is powered by solar energy and heated with wood, and we have raised bed gardens, a greenhouse, and a large pasture with animals. We share our experiences, knowledge, and inspiration with others interested in living a healthy, self-sufficient lifestyle through our website.
But we weren’t always country dwellers. We raised our son in the suburbs and had successful careers, with my husband serving as the CEO of a company and me managing logistics and projects in a high-energy office. Yet as the years went on, our desire for a simpler life grew stronger, fueled by our concerns about food, the economy, and other societal issues. It wasn’t an easy decision to leave our treasured friendships and comfortable, familiar lives and relocate to a new province, but we knew it was something we needed to do for ourselves.
We ultimately chose to homestead in New Brunswick due to the affordable cost of land and homes. The warmer climate and four distinct seasons were a welcome change from our previous location in the Northwest Territories. While the job market in New Brunswick may be challenging and there are political issues to consider, the province is rich in natural resources and offers a great opportunity for those seeking a homesteading and self-sufficient lifestyle.
However, homesteading is not without its challenges. Isolation can be a struggle, as we are located in a rural area without much community nearby. Building a sense of community takes time, especially since we work from home. Additionally, homesteading requires a lot of teamwork and collaboration with your spouse, as you will be spending almost every moment together. It’s important to be able to communicate effectively and divide tasks efficiently.
Homesteading also requires a significant time commitment and physical labor. From caring for animals and tending to the garden to chopping firewood and foraging for wild plants, there is always work to be done. It can be overwhelming at times, but the satisfaction of living off the land and providing for ourselves is worth it.
If you’re dreaming of a self-sufficient life on a homestead, surrounded by nature and fulfilling work, it’s never too late to start your journey. Every skill you learn, from canning to woodworking, will help you make the mental and physical transition to self-reliance. Don’t let your current circumstances or the idea of an “ideal time” hold you back. No matter where you are in life, choose something that inspires you and give it a try.