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Countryside Magazine

Countryside & Small Stock Journal (and Work From Home Opportunities)

Publishing bi-monthly by Countryside Publications, Ltd. 145 Industrial Drive
Medford WI  54451; 715-785-7979; www.countrysidemag.com.

By Kyle Zook

For 85 years, Countryside & Small Stock Journal has been supporting the branch of the Voluntary Simplicity movement devoted to increasing self-reliance, particularly in the form of home food production, a process many refer to today as homesteading.  Homeschoolers, and those who are looking into homeschooling options, could benefit greatly from reading this magazine on a regular basis, since the homesteading concept is one of the oldest “work-from-home” opportunities available. Homesteading can provide you with a lifestyle that is flexible and allows for a significant degree of control over filtering the influences of the outside world.

Homesteading doesn’t necessarily mean living far from all living things, either. It’s all a matter of where the real estate lies. Some homesteaders actually live in cities, as well as on small farms. It’s more a matter of personal taste, and how much livestock and poultry you want to keep around. It’s more of a philosophy, and one way of staying connected to that philosophy is reading Countryside.

This philosophy is eloquently stated on their web site this way, “It's not a single idea, but many ideas and attitudes, including a reverence for nature and a preference for country life; a desire for maximum personal self-reliance and creative leisure; a concern for family nurture and community cohesion; a certain hostility toward luxury; a belief that the primary reward of work should be well-being rather than money; a certain nostalgia for the supposed simplicities of the past and an anxiety about the technological and bureaucratic complexities of the present and the future; and a taste for the plain and functional.”

The articles in Countryside are unpaid and all submitted by long-time readers. This, coupled with archives of family photos, helps reinforce the feeling of reading a letter from a not-too-distant relative. When you read Countryside, you are actually reading about a family that cares about one another and tries to help each other succeed.

Countryside is a bi-monthly publication, and is the flagship magazine of a family of three other animal-related publications, Backyard Poultry, Dairy Goat Journal , and sheep! magazine.  You can view a vast library of their past articles on their web site, www.countrysidemag.com, which may help you to decide if homesteading is the right option for you. K.Z.