Thanksgiving is a time for coming together with friends and family over a feast of abundance. But there is something to be said about going back to basics and celebrating the holiday in a self-sufficient manner. For those who have homesteaded or wish to homestead, this time of year is often viewed as a time to use the bounty of the land and resources around us. Here are some tips to make your Thanksgiving celebrations on the homestead even more self-sufficient.
Start planning for Thanksgiving well in advance. Plant your vegetables beforehand, and make sure to harvest them before the ground freezes. Get your firewood in before the cold weather sets in, so you don’t have to leave the homestead to go pick up more. The more you plan, the less you will need to leave the homestead and the less reliant you will be on outside resources.
2.Harness solar power
Use the abundant solar energy in the fall season to power your homestead. If possible, invest in solar panels to power your home and kitchen. This will not only make your home self-sufficient but will also save you money in the long run. You may not be able to run a full power system off of solar energy alone, but you can do quite a lot.
3. Make your own decorations
Use natural resources to make your own Thanksgiving decorations. Gather pine cones, leaves, and other natural items to make garlands and centerpieces. Use your creativity to make decorations that reflect the beauty of your homestead and the season.
4. Raise and grow your own food
Use what you have on your homestead to make your Thanksgiving dinner. Raise your own turkey, and make sure to slaughter and prepare it well in advance. If you raise chickens or cattle, you can use them as well. Grow your own vegetables for the side dishes and make your own bread. Making your own food is not only rewarding but it is also healthier and more sustainable.
5. Give back to the land:
Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for the land and resources that have provided for you. Give back by practicing sustainable homesteading practices. Use composting as a way to reduce waste and provide nutrient-rich soil for your crops. Practice crop rotation to keep your land healthy and fertile. Use natural pest control methods, such as companion planting, to keep pests at bay.
Thanksgiving on the homestead can be a way to celebrate the bounty of the land and resources around us. By planning ahead, harnessing solar power, making your own decorations and food, and giving back to the land with sustainable practices, you can make your Thanksgiving celebrations more self-sufficient. Use this holiday to not only come together with loved ones but also to celebrate the beauty and sustainability of homesteading.