I read a blog post that talked about homesteading. In it the author states that people in the city can say they are gardeners, can say they are homemakers, but cannot say that they are homesteaders. I beg to differ. I have homesteaded in the country, a small town, and in the city. Our plan is to get back on land, but that does not change our lifestyle. In fact, I believe we are actually more sustainable in the city. We are just missing a well and a couple of goats.
The word homesteading isn’t really a relevant word anymore because the government is not giving us parcels of land to try to live on for five years before we get to keep it. So, we need to go by the new definition of homesteading and leave it open to everyone. You can homestead anywhere. Homesteading starts and ends with high self sufficiency, appreciation for the natural world, sustainability, community, health, and pride in hard work that we do ourselves.
Homesteading can be done on any level, but as you grow your own food, chop your own wood, eat from your own root cellar, create your own medicines, it does get addictive. This is a great lifestyle and one that anyone can incorporate into their lives. The more aspects of it that you pick up, the more money you save, the healthier physiologically and psychologically you become, and things that are really important come to the forefront of life. Family, food, security, counting blessings, and the good life.
I have come up with a list of 27 ways to start homesteading. 27 aspects of homesteading that keep a heart humming, the fam fed, and the home fires burning. Join me over the next month as I cover each one to inspire, teach, and swap ideas with you. We will talk about searching for land, preserving, growing, animals, home arts, and more!
27 Ways to Homestead
- Organic gardening
- Dehydrating food
- Smoking food
- Freezing food
- Raising chickens
- Supporting local farmers
- Bread baking
- Cooking three meals a day
- Preparing simple, unprocessed food
- Purchasing second hand
- Cheese making
- Generating your own electricity
- Generating your own heat
- Making your own medicine
- Making your own cleaning products
- Making your own body products
- Making homemade gifts and cards
- Free entertainment
- Learning to make everything from scratch
- Using original homesteading items that last
- Learning from other homesteaders
Go get yourself a cute apron and let’s get to work! We are embarking on the good life.
4 Comments Add yours
Perfect! Inclusive, not exclusive.
I think too many folks wait until the time is perfect to start this lifestyle and miss out on the health, ecological benefit, and joy that comes from it. There is no perfect time!
I love your ideas – well done and keep at it!