Have you ever met one of your all-time favorite heroes? How did you feel? Giddy? Nervous? Terrified?
That’s exactly how I felt earlier this week, when Mr. TAF and I had the chance to meet – albeit virtually – two of our biggest heroes: Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, authors of The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City and Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World. They blog and podcast about all things homestead and DIY at Root Simple.
After reading The Urban Homestead early in our homestead journey, we excitedly constructed a self-watering container, a bean teepee, designed a polycultural vegetable bed, and we even still follow their advice for rotating vegetable crops (all in the book). Life is fun when you’re learning and tinkering with skills.
What Tenth Acre Farm and Root Simple have in common (if I had to sum it up) is the goal of transforming the home into a unit of production through skill development. If you like to master bite-sized skills, one at a time, their books and website are exactly what you need to catapult your DIY confidence.
When Kelly and Erik invited us to be guests on the Root Simple podcast, I flipped out a little. On the one hand, it was serendipitous – I mean, how often do you get to meet your heroes? On the other hand, the thought of meeting them was terrifying – as a self-proclaimed homesteader, I’ve got nothin’ on these two pioneers of the modern homesteading movement!
I’m totally swooning. Yet chatting with Kelly and Erik was as easy as pie (if that were a thing). I felt like we were long-time neighbors, kicking back and sharing an adult beverage on the patio. Most of the time our heroes end up being regular ole’ honest folks who do amazing things. A reminder that all of us ordinary peeps can do great things if we set our minds to it!
We chatted about me quitting my job as a teacher, building a swale through our front yard and what the neighbors thought about it, planting fruit trees in our parking strip, pressure canners vs. water bath canners, the mason jar vacuum sealer, and why we don’t keep chickens.
Have you ever met your heroes?