What is Homesteading?

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You may have heard the term “Homestead” or “Homesteading” floating around in your social circles, or on social media. But, what is Homesteading?

What is Homesteading defined as?

For a broader definition homesteading is defined as:

– An act or instance of establishing a “homestead”.

A “homestead is defined as “a dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home”.

Some may state that it is living off-grid and self-reliant.

Seedling being planted into soil in a garden in May

Making sense of the broader term

For many people, a homestead or homesteading is simply being more self-reliant. This means you may have a garden in your backyard or plants in containers on your balcony (if in a city), maybe a few chickens, or a goat. You might also have some solar and or wind-generated power.

Many who do not know what homesteading is think that this is some crazy conspiracy theory or doomsday prepping. However, with the increasing interest in homesteading, people are becoming more aware of what it really means in today’s economical environment. No one really knows for sure what the future holds. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and knowing how to do things will benefit you and your loved ones.

How you can start homesteading right now

You can start homesteading right now where you currently live, there’s no need to move.

First, try simple things you can do right now. Things like growing a few plants, and learning how to bake new things like homemade bread with raw ingredients. You can also get your family involved. If your spouse and or family are behind you, you may get discouraged and not do it all.

Another thing that you could do to start homesteading is raising your own animals. These might include ducks, turkeys, rabbits, chickens, quail, and goats for starters. It’s really up to you and your preference of choice.

With chickens, you can have a good recurring source of fresh eggs and meat, so long as they are dual-purpose. Goats can provide milk and meat. These can also offset your gardening and still provide you with great protein and other nutrients.

A short simple list of activities to try:

  • Raise chickens and or other animals
  • Plant a garden
  • Grow herbs (indoor and outdoor)
  • Building furniture, small buildings, etc.
  • Learn about Canning and Preserving your food
  • Making your own clothing
  • Dehydrate food for preserving
  • Add a solar or wind energy source
  • Read and watch videos on others and how they homestead
  • Use your imagination and continue to study the topic

Useful resources:

 

Patriots Prep General Food Preparedness

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