Hi there, I’m Danielle.
I help people become more self sufficient and take control of their food, no matter where they live.
This was never the life I envisioned for myself and my family, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Born and raised a city girl who got married to a man interested in country living, it’s taken years for me to realize my dreams and the things we desire for our family. But, here we are.
Once I became a mother, it started clicking into place for me. I knew we wanted so much more for our family. Instead of days revolving around busy schedules and food recalls, I wanted us to slow down, live simply, and learn to live in harmony with nature.
About our homestead
I believe that anyone, anywhere can become more self sufficient. I don’t think you need a sprawling acreage, tons of money, or lots of equipment and resources to reduce your dependency on a failing system.
We currently live on just an acre. We raise chickens and ducks for meat and eggs, guineas for bug control, and are entering the world of rabbits for meat. Along with an ever-expanding garden to grow plenty of fresh produce for eating and preserving.
We took a trip into the world of keeping goats, but… life, y’all. So, currently we only raise meat, eggs, and produce. We also hunt and forage and try to support our local, small farmers for things we cannot produce ourselves as much as possible.
It’s a work in progress as we find out what works for us, what doesn’t, and the steps we can take on this journey to become more self reliant while not overwhelming ourselves.
I started The Rustic Elk to help others think outside the box and become less dependent on large corporations and our failing just-in-time delivery systems.
To help others see that every little bit counts and they can become more self reliant even with limited land and resources.
I believe this lifestyle can benefit anyone. And that if we all take a step back, think outside the box and produce what we are able, life will be simpler, better, and a little less harried.
If you’re feeling that pull to return to our old paths and take control of your food, you’ve found the right place and you’re not alone.
But, be warned. This way of life is addicting. You’ll soon find yourself with a larder full of home canned goods, a coop full of chickens and plenty of fresh meat to feed your family through the winter.
And remember, life is always better with your hands in the dirt. Won’t you join us?