Several years ago, Tyler thought he had everything. The nice car, the expensive apartment, and a job at a prospering tech startup in Santa Monica, CA. Little did he know, his life was about to arrive at one of its lowest points.
The low point came, and after six tough months, Tyler found a way to transform his life. He ditched the car, the apartment, and the job and opted to live an adventurous life in a van. With no rent, no bills, and only the open road ahead of him, he found a sense of freedom that his previous life couldn’t provide him.
Starting Couch to Homestead
After spending two years living the van life, and essentially, a hippie at this point (complete with the long hair and sandals), he started looking for his next step. Something that would tie in his appreciation for fresh food and nature, both of which had helped reverse Tyler’s chronic illnesses.
He had first heard of homesteading in his prior lifestyle, but the looming uncertainty that came along with COVID-19 gave Tyler a push to become more self-sufficient and start learning to live off the land.
Growing up in Orlando, Florida, Tyler already had some gardening experience as he tended to citrus trees at a young age. Now, with over 20 years of casual gardening experience, he’s putting it into practice and learning more about permaculture, biodiversity, and homesteading.
What started out as an interest in survival gardening quickly became something he could do for the rest of his life. The freedom, security, and challenges from homesteading became center-points that he’d welcome to stay.
Today, Tyler’s goal is to share the freedom he received from homesteading and make Couch to Homestead the most comprehensive guide to help you get started.
To help you plant now and grow tomorrow.
- Dirt to Soil – Gabe Brown
- Building a Better World in Your Backyard – Paul Wheaton
- Gaia’s Garden – Toby Hemenway
- Entangled Life – Merlin Sheldrake
- The Hidden Life of Trees – Peter Wohlleben