Hi. I’m Danielle.
I’m a wife, mama to three amazing farm girls, keeper of chickens, lover of farm animals and nature, gardener, entrepreneur, and modern homesteader.
I am incredibly passionate about our life out here on our acre homestead in Northern Indiana. We live 30 minutes from the nearest real grocery. We are surrounded by beauty and fill our days with family and life on the farm. Striving towards self-sufficiency on an acre and producing as much of our own food as possible.
Realizing my dreams…
I often get asked what started my journey to self-sufficiency. I was not born into this life, in fact, far from it. I grew up in town, on a teeny tiny lot. I thought that living in the city, working the daily grind at a soul-sucking job, and buying junk food to eat was what I was meant to do. I thought that living the conventional, American way of life was my future. Then, I had our first daughter, and everything changed.
I started to question our food and health systems. I started to question my career. I started questioning everything. Was this really what I wanted for our children? I quickly gained a desire to become more connected to our food, to grow our own in an organic, natural way to feed our family. I wanted to use natural remedies instead of conventional solutions whenever possible. My husband started collecting old cast-iron skillets as a non-toxic way to prepare our food. I wanted less stuff and more experiences. I wanted to homeschool our girls, homestead, and live as self-sufficiently as possible.
Making them a reality…
After many, many trials and errors. We’re finally building our homestead and well on our way to living a fulfilling life that we love. It’s taken a lot of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears, but we’re here. We currently live on an acre in Northern Indiana surrounded by fields and woods to forage and hunt on. We are growing and learning. For now, we have 13 hens and one crazy rooster, a bird dog, and a large garden. In the of 2018 we will be adding dairy goats, honey bees, fruit trees, a few ducks, and a couple of turkeys.
You can live this life, too…
All it takes is a dream, some ingenuity, and a lot of hard work. If you’ve got all of that, you can live this life, too. It’s all up to you and how hard you’re willing to work for what you really want.
You’re in the right place…
If you stumbled upon The Rustic Elk looking for homesteading tips, ideas to live more self-sufficiently, how to grow your own food and cook some amazing, real meals from scratch, you’re in the right place. I have become so passionate about this way of life over the past few years and have a desire to share all of it, every step of the way, with everyone who has the same drive and desire I do.
Just be warned, in your quest to grow your own food, keep some farm animals, and live a more intentional life the way God intended you may just find yourself with the most amazing experiences of your life. Homesteading has a way of taking over every aspect of your life. And I hope it does.
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