Modern Homesteading Welcome Mat

The Welcome Mat

Thanks for stopping by!

I’m so excited to finally be getting online.  It really has been WAY too long.  I let all sorts of things get in the way – work, volunteering, researching far more than I needed to…  but finally, here we are!  Eight years or more of preparation have got me to the point where I can share with you what I’ve learned about modern homesteading, and I’m thrilled to be able to connect with others who either are thinking of moving to a rural area, or have recently moved into their new homestead.

I don’t have all the answers – far from it.  My goal is to build a community of like-minded people who want to share their rural living and homesteading experience and know-how with others just starting out.  I’ve learned so much from my mentors, and am honoured to finally have the opportunity to bring it all together, with my own little twist of course.  Huge thanks go out to Robin Wheeler of and all of her Sustainable Living Arts School experts – that’s where I gained the confidence to try some of the ideas and projects we’ll be highlighting here.  Also on the ‘I couldn’t have done it without’ list is Sandi Krakowski.  Without her brilliant (and sometimes ‘tough love’) motivation and knowledge, I’d still be sitting on the sidelines with a dream.  But the sidelines are gone and I’m finally on the field!  Huge thanks to you both – you’ve made this possible, and honestly, have changed my life.

Now, all that said, this site isn’t about me – it’s about YOU!! If it moves you in any direction at all, please comment on and share the posts.  Feel free to share resources and your opinions – this is what will make this a real community of modern homesteading pioneers.  It takes a lot of courage to pack up and move to the country, and knowing others are having the same challenges (and successes) might just help get you through the inevitable day you’re snowed in and the chickens have been attacked by a rogue mountain lion (or more likely, a raccoon) and the power goes out because the hydro company failed to trim the overhanging trees down the road and you have an important client meeting scheduled.  There are days you’ll feel like packing it in, but hopefully we can build this thing to the point where you can here or to our Facebook page for advice or just an ear to listen.  No matter how spread out we are, we all need to know that we’re not in this alone (even though some days it definitely feels that way!).

Thanks again for visiting – before you go, don’t forget to sign up for our free rural living newsletter, where we’ll share modern homesteading tips and how-to’s (mine and others’), introduce you to various rural living skills experts, tell you what products have worked for us (and more importantly, which ones haven’t), and lots more, all in a casual, country sort of way.

To your modern homesteading success!

Victoria Gazeley

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