I am the woman behind Mama Zed’s Homestead. My dream is to empower women by teaching them how they can provide for themselves, using many different skills. Homesteading doesn’t have to mean living on a farm. It is taking that step towards educating yourself about how you can be more self sufficient, and giving yourself the gift of feeling like you can be self reliant.
I am a wife, a mama to 2, a hippy, an arts and crafts fanatic, a geek, a book worm, a do-it-yourself advocate, a homesteader, among a million other labels. Really, I am a woman who found my strength in being able to do things myself and that is a gift I want to share with as many women as I possibly can.
In the beginning…
In the beginning was a determined young girl on her own at 16. Homeless with no money, but a fire within her and a stubbornness that meant she found it hard to ask for help. With this, she grew, tripped, and then flourished.
After feeling vulnerable and helpless, I promised myself that I would never let myself feel that way ever again. I asked to be shown how to do things myself, rather than having someone do it for me. I read every book I could get my hands on. Every project was another opportunity to learn and came with such a sense of accomplishment that it became a hobby in itself, not just a means to an end. I began to practice skills that my grandparents, my great grandparents, and beyond, would of used in their every day. Bit by bit, I began to connect to them through my new found self reliance.
When I became a person that people went to for help and after being told that I was “so clever” and how others wished they could do all of these things, Mama Zed was born.
I decided that I would help as many women as I could to feel that same sense of accomplishment that had given me independence and strength all those years ago.
Where we are today.
Today I still find time to take on projects and will make the most of any chance to learn something new or share what I know with others. Homesteading is my way of life, I really wouldn’t know life any other way. I feel at my most passionate when I’m connecting to the earth and my ancestors through skills that I feel have been underappreciated in recent years. I feel grounded and connected when I am getting my hands dirty, whether that is with soil or cooking from scratch for my family.
I hope you will join us on our journey to build a world where every woman can not only see her own value and independence, but also flaunt it.