Hi! I’m Shawna! Homegrown Self Reliance is all about learning how to become more self reliant. Inside you will find helpful tips on homesteading, gardening, and using herbs and essential oils so you can be as self sufficient as possible.

Those who know me personally know that I’m a bit of a closet prepper. Preppers sometimes get a bad rap, like the “tin foil hat-wearing people” who are obsessed with the end of the world. I believe, though, that through homesteading, you can be self-reliant without the bad stigma that is linked to “prepping”.

This site is about my journey to my own self reliance, and helping you on the same. I am not an expert. I’m just a normal everyday lady who wants to be prepared for whatever life throws at me. I am married to my high school sweetheart. My husband and I and our beautiful family – two grown children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren – are currently renting a 3.8 acre farm, complete with lots of dogs, chickens, turkeys, calves, goats, horses, sheep, and rabbits.

I was raised a bit of a city girl, by a mom who was raised during the Great Depression. The hubby was raised on a farm, and knows everything (or at least he thinks he does!). I have always been country at heart and am loving the peace that the farm brings me. We hope this year to raise most of our own food and work more on the vintage skills that are so crucial for farm life. Please follow along and join me in my quest for self sufficiency!