Hi, my name is Amanda, and I am the content writer of ThisCozyDen. I have been homesteading in the rural foothills of North Carolina for almost 5 years now.

My husband and I began our homesteading journey on accident.

We were looking for a way to feed our growing family a healthy diet on a very tight budget. I tried couponing and building a stockpile, but I didn’t feel good about feeding my kids all that processed food that I couldn’t even pronounce half of the ingredients.

So we decided to buy a few chickens and grow a garden.

Little did we know the how much of an impact this decision would have on our lives.

Ever since that moment, it has been one challenge after another to figure out how to make more of what we need and to utilize the land we have to the fullest.

We have since expanded our homestead and are now raising chickens, goats, rabbits, pigs, guineas, honey bees, ducks, and raising our own fruits and vegetables.

It is certainly hard work…

…but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I love what I do, and I feel good about what I feed my family now.

ThisCozyDen allows me to share what I’m learning while also tapping into the knowledge of other homesteaders.

That is what homesteading is all about for me.