: one who is experienced or knowledgeable
Well, it's Friday and my thought was that every Friday we would define a word that has to do with homesteading. There are some funky ones out there, I tell ya. But everything must have a beginning, so the best place to start is "Why Maven"? The two words above say it well. I have experience, that's for sure. Experience at total failure some of the time! I have had gardening beds overrun with bermuda grass, I have fought (and sometimes lost to) squash bugs, I have purchased tools that ended up being useless and I have purchased transplants that ended up being the wrong plant!
Good grief, Maven! Don't you know when to stop? Why are you still doing this at all? Because I have also enjoyed having more peppers in my freezer than I can possibly use, I have loved the quiet mornings listening to the birds as I play in the soil, I have relished the challenge of solving problems with the animals or in the garden and I have served meals to my family that have been completely home grown!
I have a saying that I came up with. You are welcome to use it: "The best teacher is experience and the best experience is somebody else's!" As the youngest in a large family, it kept me from many a spanking, I'm sure. As a homeschooling mom, it allowed me to rely on other people's expertise in math, literature, history and science to graduate functional, well-educated adults. As a homesteader, learning from others through reading gave me the confidence to attempt things I had never learned before! Really, people, I'm a city girl! I had never really been around a cow until I purchased my own! Before this, my experience in gardening was solely in flowers and landscaping!
So here on The Maven, you can expect a lot of 'how to get started' - 'how to decide if this will work for you' - 'what are the problems that come along with blank' . Hope that sounds like a useful thing to you, I'm having a blast sharing the joys and challenges of homesteading.
Winter is coming up and is a wonderful time to make plans for a new adventure. Here are some of the resources I have found useful:
- Salad Bar Beef by Joel Salatin - he breaks down the process of Management Intensive Grazing and empowers you to work with nature to manage your livestock
- Weedless Gardening by Lee Reich, How to Grow More Vegetables... by John Jeavons and The Winter Harvest by Eliot Coleman - the first explains the concept of using beds and aisles, the second sells you on the idea of planting intensively and the last is all about season extension.
- Territorial Seed Company catalog - their planting guides are helpful and the pictures are lovely