What it Means to Be a Modern Homesteader – by Evan DeMarco

Thank you for joining us on this incredible journey of Modern Homesteading. As we delve into the heart of what it means to be a Modern Homesteader, allow me to share a personal story, one that encapsulates the spirit and passion that drives us forward.

The Legacy of a Bio-Hacking Grandmother

My journey into the world of Modern Homesteading is deeply rooted in family and the pursuit of a better way of living. My grandmother was, in many ways, a bio-hacker before the term even existed. Her transformation into a crusader for health and the environment was triggered by a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Long before the internet era, she was connected to a network of doctors who were pioneers in healing patients through alternative therapies.
These doctors communicated through newsletters and exchanged bits of advice through traditional mail, not the digital kind we know today. My grandmother was actively involved in helping one particular doctor practice chelation therapy, contrast therapy, and various other modalities that conventional medicine often scoffed at. She was a trailblazer, an early adopter of unconventional healing methods.
But her journey went beyond healing herself; she saw the profound link between environmental factors and human health. She championed recycling when it was far from mainstream, diligently removed plastics from her home, and prioritized a diet of healthy, organic food that she grew herself. Her influence on me was absorbed over time, like osmosis, and it wasn’t until I became a father that her legacy truly resonated with me.

The Torch Passed On

Becoming a parent opened my eyes to the immense responsibility of nurturing and safeguarding the next generation. I finally understood the depth of my grandmother’s crusade—to leave the world in a better state than she found it. Sadly, she never had the chance to see me become a parent or to witness me pick up the torch she left behind.
Throughout life, there are individuals who inspire us to reach heights we could never have imagined. For me, that person is my grandmother, and now, my daughter. As I navigate the journey of Modern Homesteading, I am driven by the desire to make the world a better place, just as my grandmother did. Though she may no longer be with us, her legacy lives on, and it fuels my determination to create a brighter future for all.

The Purpose of Modern Homesteading

Modern Homesteading isn’t just a lifestyle; it’s a calling. It’s about recognizing that there are better ways of doing things, blending the wisdom of our pioneer ancestors with the potential of technological innovation. It’s about weaving these threads together to create a better and brighter future for ourselves and generations to come.
If your idea of wealth involves gathering around a table with your loved ones, sharing an incredible meal, and basking in the knowledge of true freedom, then being a Modern Homesteader is for you. If you yearn for clean water, nourishing food, and the ability to illuminate your home without sacrificing your kidney or soul to utility bills, then this way of life is your path. If you have children, wish to have them, or even hold a soft spot for kids and aspire to leave them a world superior to the one you inherited, then Modern Homesteading beckons.
Being a Modern Homesteader does not imply dwelling in a tent in the wilderness, scraping out a primitive existence. It means thriving, living life on your terms, and experiencing the rich tapestry of human potential and experience.

Crafting a Brighter Tomorrow

The essence of Modern Homesteading is a fusion of tradition and innovation, a dedication to crafting a life that respects the wisdom of the past while embracing the possibilities of the future. It’s a journey that values self-sufficiency, sustainability, and harmony with the environment.
As we embark on this adventure, we endeavor to create a world where the basic pillars of life—shelter, water, food, and energy—are not just met but optimized for a better tomorrow. Modern Homesteading is a calling to leave this planet and its resources in a state where they can thrive, heal, and renew for generations to come.
Thank you for being a part of this remarkable journey. Together, we are modern pioneers, forging a path toward a future we can be proud to pass on to our children and grandchildren. Together, WE ARE MODERN HOMESTEADERS