About Us

Homestead Lady & The Homestead Family

We’re the Zundel family of seven, originally from California and Arizona but coming to Missouri via Utah and North Carolina.  We have loved each place we’ve lived and are grateful to be here in the great Show Me state.  We’re so happy to be amongst the trees and water again!

We are a homesteading and homeschooling family currently living in the middle of suburbia on a small, one acre homestead that we’ve named Pocket Farm.  Although we are currently selling it to move on to the great state of Missouri, we are still enjoying each season as it comes, making plenty of homestead blunders and enjoying each success as we await our next adventure.

We believe firmly in the beautiful, natural systems that God has created here on earth and that they work best when left to operate with minimal management from us.  Consequently, we are organic growers and are ultimately seeking to create an environment that is able to sustain itself.

This is quite an undertaking and we’re constantly tripping over all the books we read in order to educate ourselves on how to achieve this goal.  We manage our animals and our family as holistically as our skills allow and are always looking to improve our capacities.  We’re grateful to live in a land where both traditional and holistic forms of health and nutrition are allowed and love that we can utilize both!

We feel a strong sense of stewardship over our little acre “flowing with milk and honey” and are grateful for the privilege and responsibility it provides.

Future projects will include:

  • renewable energy sources (hopefully solar!)
  • a better water storage program
  • expanded growing capacity for both humans and livestock
  • a hoophouse/greenhouse
  • and much, much more!

We dabble in all kinds of things that we love to explore and improve on with friends.Bourbon Red by Homestead Lady

The Family

Happy Father's Day from all of us at Homestead Lady - www.homesteadlady.comShain worked for years as a pharmacy tech but went back to school and got a degree in civil engineering.  Our kids had a lot of years during which to observe the truth that education is worth sacrifice!

When he’s not being a brilliant civil engineer, he’s at home engaging in his actual work – being a dad!  He’s also our official builder, project completer and general handyman.

If something breaks, the kids will say, “Daddy can fix that!”  If we can’t figure out how to get something done quite like we need, Mommy will say, “Daddy will have an idea; Daddy always has an idea!”

Shain has built animal housing, designed fencing systems, battled sprinklers, listened to me drone on and on about new projects, laid brick paths, lifted countless bales of hay, harvested poultry, sharpened tools and done a myriad of other things that keep the homestead humming.  He never complains, either – if he sits down, he falls asleep since I work him so hard, but he never complains.

Me and the girlsI’m Tessa and, like my husband, I grew up in a city so I spend however many spare minutes I have reading book after book trying to educate myself in this fascinating but foreign arena of farm living.

We’re homeschooling our five young children and so we have ample opportunity to teach them the value of work and family!  It’s always a challenge to combine the two full time jobs (the biggest problem seems to be that I’m only one person – what gives?!), but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

People sometimes ask me how I have time to homeschool, especially while running a home and a homestead, but the truth is, I don’t really have time to do anything else.  For me, the responsibility of teaching my children the value of gospel centered living, classic literature, quality writing, the beauty of math, religion, time management, the meaning of duty, home building skills, wholesome family dynamics, the Constitution and civic responsibilities, health, sciences, sewing, canning, how to clean a bathroom and the millions of other things that I feel are vital I teach them AND send them away from me for 6-8 hours a day seems impossible.  Besides, the homestead, just like our home, wouldn’t run well without my children engaged in the work and the learning – they are our greatest assets!

I don’t have much spare time but, when I’m not reading, I enjoy dates with my handsome husband, writing, spinning, and slowly working on my master herbalist course. I recently finished a book – click here to see it and all the gobs of stuff that go with it – and I have a series of short books in the que after that.  I’m excited to share them with you as they’re on subjects that are close to my heart. 

We’re glad you’ve stopped by and we invite you to nose around and see what might be of benefit to you and your family.  We also encourage you to share your stories with us by commenting on posts, engaging in the conversation on our social media pages and asking questions.   You can pretty much count on us posting original articles on the blog once or twice a week, as well as a quality homestead blog hop for you to enjoy (a blog hop is a forum for bloggers to share links to their best articles so that you can pick and choose from a wide variety – or read them all!).

We also offer a weekly newsletter with links to our posts, special offers from affiliates, questions and answers and anything else we think you might like to know about.  When you subscribe, we’re happy to gift you a copy of our e-booklet – DIY: Healthy, Holistic Bug Out Bag.  Please simply click on the image below to sign up.  Your copy of the e-booklet will be available in your first newsletter which usually goes out on Saturdays.

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21 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Tessa — I LOVE it!!! I’ve got to come visit you guys sometime. I’ll bring my husband! As soon as we get a house, we will be getting some chickens, setting up the garden, and eventually get some goats and bees.

    I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!!

    Julie =)

  2. Tessa, I love your website! We’d love to come visit someday when you have a farm day again. Our “farm” is a 1/5 acre. We squish all we can onto it. Thanks for your bread post!

    1. You’d be welcome anytime! As long as you bring bread…:) 1/5 acre is a great amount for many things and farm squishing is being elevated to an art form in our day.

    1. You’re so sweet and you’re welcome any time! As a matter of fact, we do give tours; well, this year we grew a baby, but normally we give tours! I actually end up learning more from the people that visit than I’m able to pass on to them…

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  4. I’m loving your blog so far! I can’t wait to poke around some more and discover everything you have to offer. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences and knowledge.

    1. Why thanks, Laurie! I need to work on my About Us page and update it a bit since we’re selling our Utah homestead and moving to Missouri. I need to go visit your blog now!

  5. Hi Tessa, I was stopping by your site from Homestead Bloggers Network when I noticed you were LDS. I’m LDS too, and it’s a big part of why we urban homestead but I’ve never really known how to incorporate that gracefully into my site. Thanks for being inspiring!

    1. That’s so cool, Kathryn! I love your site – glad to know I have a sister in the ranks. Have a wonderful Easter – He is risen!

  6. Look forward to reading more about your adventures. My sister and her hubby just bought a farm in Yukon, Missouri. 63 acres, lol I found their house on pinterest.. it is beautiful and the land is amazing….She is a school teacher in Chicago… not the best place to be a teacher these days.her hubby is an electrician.. they erected hoping to actually get started by next year sometime.. Hope they get there soon… They want to do grass fed cattle and organics…we are in Florida, not easy growing cycle here, being from up north… I am learning ,we have about 3/4 acre….many fruit trees 4 huge raised beds and 2 pony trough herb beds. I am in an herbalist.along course and herbal medicine making course as well, still have 1.5 years left. I am in Chestnut Herbal.. so much to learn, a ND being 57, better late than never.. look forward to your posts, sincerely, sharri

    1. That’s wonderful, Sharril – what amazing goals and achievements! It’s very much a marathon and not a sprint. Sounds like you’re doing well and we’re glad to have you along for the journey here. Please share any time you feel like commenting. If you’re on Facebook and would like to join an active homesteading group, you’re welcome to join us here.

  7. i love your blog! i shared your recipes on my FB group Christian Homeschooling Homesteaders- they will love them and your site 🙂

  8. Hi Tessa. I just stumbled across your blog and wanted to subscribe and learn more from you. I’m a sister from west Alabama (I know, we’re even in Alabama!) and am interested in all things “off-grid,” “survival,” and the like, so your blog looks like fun! I am an older lady (72) so it’s too late for me to experience what your youthfulness affords you, but I know I can still do some things. This past Christmas holiday, I made a greenhouse under the Pergola just outside my kitchen door and am actually GROWING things for the first time ever! This is huge for me and it has excited me to learn more. I just admire you so much for your values and for the way you are holding your own as a homesteader, mother, eternal companion, teacher and sistah!!

    1. Thank you so much for reaching out, Barb! Making a greenhouse under your pergola and growing food does NOT sound like sitting around doing nothing to me – that’s amazing! Congrats to you – what have you grown? Make sure you take notes because I actually have an idea kicking around for another book and I may need to interview you, if you don’t object, about the things you’re doing on your homestead. Even apartments count as homesteads because it’s all in how you look at things. I’m on a blogging/writing break at the moment, but I’ll be back in the fall and will touch base with you again then.

      In the meantime, keep the faith! 🙂

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