About Us

Insteading helps people on their journey to live a more positive life—positive for themselves, for their neighbors, and for the world around them.

As the world awakens to the need to transition away from fossil fuels, people are making alternative choices with the clothes they wear, the products they buy, and the transportation choices they make.

At Insteading, we promote choices that are:

  • Meaningful, not disposable
  • Nourishing, not neglectful
  • Sustainable, not harmful
  • Community-driven, not selfish

We give a voice to the people making those choices, and promote the resilient communities and lifestyles that are growing around them.

Founding Homesteaders:

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Kristina & Kane Jamison

Kane’s Bio: Kane is the Chief Homesteader at Insteading. When he’s not harvesting, he spends his time sketching possible garden layouts, taking care of miscellaneous home improvements, and planning our upcoming homestead projects. You can contact Kane directly by emailing [Kane at Insteading.com].

A message from Kane:

My wife and I moved onto our 1/7th acre Seattle homestead in March, 2011. Since then we’ve torn out thousands of square feet of grass, built a 120-foot-long earthbag wall, and added a chicken coop—and a few flocks of hens—to our property.

While we’re lucky to have good careers and could easily drive two cars, buy a bigger house, and get all of our meals delivered to our door, that’s not really our style. We love eating eggs from our hens and fruit from our own trees, building homestead projects, and knowing that we’ve managed to reduce our family’s environmental footprint through the choices we make regarding food, energy, transportation, and more.

But, what I like even more is teaching others how to bring the same meaning to their lives. That’s why I started Insteading.

Right now, sustainable living is a choice we can make. In a few generations as humans face challenges like rising sea levels, over-production of oil, and skyrocketing populations, it’s how we’ll all have to live. While I think technology and renewable energy can fix many of the problems we face, I still think that simplification and reducing our footprints is key to building a sustainable future and making the transition to a post-oil society.

For my family, that means embracing (and enjoying) old-but-new-to-us skills like caring for chickens, growing our own food, and getting rid of dated suburban concepts like maintaining a pristine green lawn that you have to mow every Sunday.

Since you’re reading this, you’ve already figured that out. The guides and articles on this site are meant to help you be successful at this new way of life, but also feel fulfilled. The ideas behind sustainable living are as important as the skills needed to do it.

Ready to explore? Scan through our menu to learn more about what Insteading has to offer.

Want to contribute your story? We’d love to hear more about your own homesteading journey – learn how to contribute here.

-Kane Jamison

Kristina’s Bio: Kristina is the Chief Homesteaderess at Insteading. When she’s not experimenting with new recipes, she is working as a nurse here in Seattle. She can often be found snail-mailing homemade cards, running local trails, and hanging out at Westcrest dog park with Ben the dog.

Kane & Kristina post additional updates about their own homestead on SeattleHomestead.com.

Click here to meet the rest of the Insteading Team.