The Homesteading Daughter documents the humorous adventures of Chynna Haas as she learns about self-sufficiency, sustainability, and homesteading.  The site features reflections, as well as resources and tutorials.


Q: Who is the Homesteading Daughter?

A:  Chynna Haas.  I’m a Wisconsinite (who did a ten-month stint in NYC in 2011-2012) who is slowly learning the ins-and-outs of homesteading.  I believe in living a more simple, self-sufficient lifestyle that focuses on human connections more than corporate profit.  I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 with degrees in Communication Arts, Gender/Women’s Studies, and American Indian Studies.  I love to tell stories and send snail mail.

Q: Did you grow up homesteading?

A: I spent the first part of my youth in a manufacturing city in Wisconsin.  When I was 12, my family moved to a 2.5 acre property in rural Wisconsin.  Over the years, my parents have become more focused on sustainable living and self-sufficiency, but we were not actively homesteading  or focusing on self-sufficiency when I was growing up.

Q: What type of property are you living on?

A: After moving back from NYC in June 2012, I temporarily moved in with my parents on their 2.5 acre property in rural Wisconsin while I figure out where I’m living in the next chapter of my life.

Q: What do you eat?

A: I was raised with a standard meat-and-potatoes diet in the brat and cheese loving state that is Wisconsin.  In my early 20s, I realized I was lactose intolerant, which explained many of the digestive and skin issues I had experienced throughout my life.  Around this time, my parents began eating a more plant-strong diet as they removed most of the dairy and meat from their diets.  I thought it was ridiculous, so I made fun of them and ate fast food whenever I was home to visit.

A couple years went by and I moved to NYC, where I promptly began to feel run-down and sick.  Additionally, my acne (I’ve had cystic acne since I was 12) was the worst it had ever been.  At my mom’s urging, I began reading Dr. Fuhrman‘s Eat to Live books and Rip Esselstyn‘s Engine 2 Diet book.  I changed my diet to be about 80-95% vegan/plant-strong and immediately noticed a difference in my overall feeling of wellness and my acne began to clear up.

I now eat a mostly plant-strong diet (some weeks temptation and a busy schedule get the best of me).  Through Homesteading Daughter, I’m working to learn how to grow my own food to aid in my plant-strong lifestyle.


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  1. I’m interested in learning more about natural healing and exploring more natural cleaning. I love using Norwex for my everyday cleaning but find its not strong enough on some of the bigger jobs. Our family loves to garden and we are looking into raising our own chickens and exploring the idea of bee keeping.

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