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Treehouse Trade School Blog/Growing Together: Discovering Homesteading With Children

Wednesday, March 06, 2024

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, the idea of introducing homesteading to children might seem like a nostalgic throwback to simpler times. However, in the evolving landscape of sustainable living, involving children in homesteading activities not only provides them with valuable life skills but also fosters a deeper connection to nature. Let's explore how families can embark on the journey of homesteading with children, creating memorable experiences and lifelong lessons.

Gardening Adventures:

Homesteading begins with the soil beneath our feet. Engaging children in gardening activities introduces them to the magic of growing their own food. Start with simple tasks like planting seeds, weeding, and harvesting. These hands-on experiences not only teach patience and responsibility but also instill a sense of wonder as children witness the miraculous journey from seed to table.

Animal Companionship:

Introducing children to the world of animal husbandry is a delightful aspect of homesteading. Whether it's caring for backyard chickens, rabbits, or even a family dog, children learn about responsibility, empathy, and the interconnectedness of all living beings. These experiences also provide an opportunity to discuss the importance of ethical treatment and respect for animals.

Nature-Based Crafts:

Homesteading isn't just about farming; it's about creativity too. Engage children in nature-based crafts using materials found on the homestead. From making leaf prints to constructing bird feeders, these activities not only nurture artistic skills but also deepen a child's appreciation for the beauty of the natural world.

Harvesting and Preserving:

Involve children in the harvest season, teaching them the art of picking fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Explore together the various methods of preserving the harvest, such as canning, drying, or making jams. These experiences instill a sense of resourcefulness and connect children to the cycles of nature and food production.

Building and Construction:

Transforming the homestead into a sustainable haven can be a family affair. Engage children in simple building projects using eco-friendly materials. Whether it's constructing a small chicken coop, building raised beds for the garden, or creating a compost bin, these activities promote teamwork and an understanding of the importance of sustainable practices.

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Hi, I am Scott Allen Bunn

Founder Of Treehouse Trade School

As a Certified Permaculture designer with over 25 years experience in residential construction, I enjoy helping people design and build in a way that regenerates land and communities.

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