FAST Blog: Family Homestead

Permaculture, Preparedness, Homesteading & Survival


This blog is a diary of one Family's Attempts to Survive the Times.

We are the Foster family. Up until 2016 we lived in a mid-terraced house close to the town centre, with a VERY small garden. We decided we needed to make a 5 year plan to get ourselves out of the rat race so we could live a more authentic life closer to nature. It turned out to be more of a 5 month plan; I completed a Permaculture Design Course and we bit the bullet, sold our house and moved the whole family out to Spain where we have bought 5 acres of land to build a sustainable Eco-home and permaculture homestead. As a working class family with no substantial capital and  no background in any kind of homesteading/self reliance, if we can do it, anyone can!

The motley crew consists of Husband and Wife team Tricky and Carly in their twenties, our 4yr old son Logan and 2 year old daughter Aurora.

In the times of our grandparents it was not out of the ordinary for people to grow their own food, keep a few chickens for eggs and build/repair things for themselves. So why is it not the norm today?

Perhaps that is why families can no longer survive on one income and struggle to make ends meet, because we have lost the skills to produce some of the things we need for ourselves. My grandparents always grew fruit and veg. My great granddad was serial DIYer, his garage was full of so many homemade contraptions it looked like a game of Mousetrap! and Nan was always rather proud of the fact that every now and again a glass bottle of home brewed ginger beer would explode in the shed! It is these types of skills we seem to be slowly losing as a society, and I would dearly like to learn these skills before they all but disappear,

In this blog we will try to avoid the "get a bloke in" mentality and try to do as much as we can for ourselves with the goal of becoming as self reliant as possible. We have no doubt that this will involve a lot of hard work, blood sweat and tears and the occasional mudfight, so strap yourselves in, it's going to be a bumpy journey but we hope you enjoy the ride!


  1. You are on a wonderful path. It's never easy to ditch the rat race but definitely worth it to live a life free of the miasma of modernity.

  2. Wonderful! Keep on keepin' on! I wish my dear hubby and I had had the foresight to do this when we first met in 1975 and finally got married way back in 1978. We had the dream but got sidetracked with working for a living and having three children.It took us until 2000 to find a property we could afford. We love living "in the country."


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