Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency living through agriculture, canning, woodworking, crafting and a general self sustaining lifestyle.

While homesteading may be defined as claiming a piece of land as your Homestead to save taxes, or the more traditional term were the government gives you land for free in order to get you to move into and build a house in a rural area; homesteading can also mean self-sufficient sustainable living.

Homesteading is a way of life, just like sustainable living, prepping, and living off the grid. Homesteading can encompass all of these things. It’s about having at home on a piece of property, and being able to grow and preserve your own food, raise your own animals, craft your own items, and be completely self-sufficient should the need arise.

 

City Homestead

It is possible to have a homestead lifestyle in the city; it is all about being as self-sufficient as possible.

  • Grow a Garden: Small back yard garden, container garden, or greenhouse garden. Your garden can be as simple as a window still herb garden.
  • Raise small livestock: Think Chickens! Chickens can be raised in limited space, and provide yummy eggs.
  • Cook from scratch: Forget the pre-made  meals and cook from scratch; making as many staple foods as possible.
  • Preserve your own food: Learn the art of canning, and smoking meats.

Country Homestead

What you will need
  • Land: A piece of land large enough to have a garden and livestock.
  • House: A well built home.
  • Tools: Basic tools for building, repairing, gardening, and working the land.
What you can do
  • Grow a Garden: Large or small a garden can put food on the table, and should be given priority for the homesteader.
  • Raise livestock: Chickens, cows, goats, or whatever animals you are comfortable raising.
  • Cook from scratch: Forget the pre-made  meals and cook from scratch; making as many staple foods as possible.
  • Preserve your own food: Learn the art of canning, and smoking meats.
Other considerations
  • Water Well
  • Solar Power
  • Wind Power
  • Propane generator
  • Small grain silo or metal barrels for grain storage
  • Bee Hive