Homestead Journal: Awesome Neighbors, Getting Work Done

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Sometimes my husband and I daydream about buying a huge plot of land out in the middle of the woods far away from any signs of civilization. It’s a romantic vision. Peace. Quiet. Privacy. Freedom.

Sure, we’re pretty “out there”, as far as living rural and private. We can’t see our neighbors through the woods, but we still hear traffic on the road, and four wheelers, and other noises that come with neighborhoods being developed around you.

But then days like today come along and we realize how grateful we are for the people around us. Our family. Our friends. Our neighbors. And we discover once again how much we need other people in our lives, and how much we enjoy being in their lives as well.

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When I realized that it’s potato planting time and I only had a handful of seed potatoes leftover from last year’s “volunteer” garden, I knew I’d have to find seed somewhere.

The local mill has seed potatoes for sale, $5.99 for a 5 lb. bag, but that’s pretty expensive to us for the amount of potatoes I’d like to plant. I decided to see if my good friend/neighbor up the road might happen to have some extra seed potatoes leftover from her garden that she wouldn’t be using. Sure enough, she invited me over to her basement where she had a huge spread of sprouting potatoes on the concrete floor- all extras that she didn’t have any use for. She was glad I could use them, and I was extra grateful to take them off her hands.

I promised to look through my seed collection and bring her some pea seeds- which she herself was lacking.

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A little later we visited another neighbor to borrow his tractor to dig holes for some fencing we’re putting in. It would have taken us FOREVER to hand dig the holes with a post hole digger in this hard, red clay soil, so we were extremely grateful to be able to borrow such a useful tool. While we were there I offered the gentleman some of the seed potatoes I’d gleaned, which he was happy to accept.

Before we left, another neighbor (whom I’d never met before then) drove up on a four wheeler. I introduced myself and got to talking. I asked him if he had a garden and needed any seed potatoes. He said he did plan on gardening this year but didn’t have anything going yet. He was glad to take some potatoes and asked me lots of questions about how to plant them. He’s pretty new to the area and will be starting his first garden this year. It was my pleasure to be able to share with him what I knew. He seemed like a really nice guy to get to know.

We just felt so blessed to be able to give and receive today.

As much as we’d love to live in a more secluded area, we really do love and appreciate being surrounded by such good people. There have been so many times that we’ve been able to call on others for help, and we’ve been able to answer that call ourselves to go and help others in need.

It would be awfully hard to do it all ourselves all the time. If it came to sheer survival, I’m not sure we’d be able to make it on our own.

With this fresh on my mind, I’d encourage any of you who are interested in homesteading to consider finding property at least in the vicinity of other like-minded folks. I promise you, there will be times when you need a hand. Friends close by are good to have.

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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.


  1. Living in a farming community there is always many neighbors that we can help so that if we need help there are people to call on. Just tonight I spent about an hour and half relaxing on the neighbors pond with a fishing pole in my hand.

  2. Hi Kendra. My husband & I were talking about this same thing this week. We had some extra pans of scrapple given to us from our butchering last week. When Justin stopped at the first neighbors, he was offered all of the white oak tops left over when the loggers are done at the property across the road from us. At the second neighbor’s, he was sent home with 2 bags of oranges, juicing ones, that we put to use with our attachment to our Cuisinart. It did my heart good to hear that our 4 year old son also gave the elderly widow a big hug too.

  3. In our ranching community good neighbors are essential to our ranch, from branding, cattle drives, working cattle repair of tractors and implements, do chores when were gone for a day, or to borrow calving supplies, vaccines, etc. We have several neighbors we can call to ask calving supplies if we should run out so we don’t have to drive 30 miles to town. I love branding time, where all the neighbors come together to work to get the calves branded, large branding meals, and lots of sociolizing after months of calving out cows. But our closest neighbor is 5 miles away to the south and the next closest neighbor is 10 miles to the west.

  4. Yes, good neighbors are a valuable prize. We live in a rural area but do have close neighbors. Never know they are around except for one. We could get help from any of them I believe if we needed it. The one neighbor is like family to us. They actually bought the first house we built when we first married.

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