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.