by Amy Tjaden News Editor


I don’t know about you guys but I could sure use some good news in the homeschooling arena. I’m tired of the negative comments flying around out there ever since the North Carolina story broke.

Let us not think about that. Instead, let’s imagine what life would be like if we not only homeschooled, but also raised chickens and other livestock, made our own cheese and butter from our very own cow (which we milk by hand), and knitted with yarn we got from our very own sheep. On top of all that we hold down a regular job.

Sound exhausting? Tell that to Jodi and Brian Bubenzer. The Wisconsin couple calls themselves “homesteaders” and they strive to produce all their own food. They knew nothing of farming just five years ago when they took on this endeavor and bought a farm. They each work outside the home in addition to their farming duties. Brian works during the week. Jodi works nights and weekends.

The couple homeschools their four sons. They believe in experiential, hands-on learning. They say that learning is going on all the time at their house. I don’t doubt it!

I’ve always wanted an old farm house in the middle of nowhere where the kids could run around outside. However, I never daydreamed about milking my own cow or shearing my own sheep. I think those things could be fun and would be excellent experiences. I’m not sure I have the energy to maintain those tasks on a daily basis though.

The Bubenzer’s claim they can do it because they’re not the type to ever sit still. They always have to be up and doing something. I’ve always thought of myself as a workaholic but certainly not to that extreme. I do like the idea of organic gardening and I attempt that feat every year but not with great success.

How about our readers? I’m curious as to how many live on working farms. How involved are the kids in the daily tasks? Maybe you don’t run an entire farm but do have a milk cow, or you don’t live on a farm at all but are trying your hand at organic gardening. I’d love to hear your stories and how you tie in these experiences with homeschooling.

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To read more about the Bubenzer’s, check out this article.

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