You don’t have to have 100 acres, a log cabin, farm animals, and a large garden to be a Homesteader.
No, not these days. You can define Homesteading any way you wish.
Homesteading literally means “any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home.”
Or, an even shorter definition: “where a family makes its home.” Land and buildings are optional.
Look at some ways to Homestead from an excerpt from our friends at MorningChores:
4 Different Types of Homesteading
There are many different types of homesteading. You could have
- an apartment homestead,
- a smaller homestead,
- an urban homestead, or
- a large more traditional homestead.
Let’s begin discussing what each of these homesteads might look like:
This might make you giggle when you envision what a traditional homestead looks like with lots of land and animals. Then you translate that over to an apartment.
But remember, homesteading is always about being totally self-sufficient. Sometimes people want to keep their modern lifestyle, but try to be a little smarter about things while doing so.
So if you would consider becoming an apartment homesteader, some things you might do are:
1. Grow a container garden
Yes, you can still grow some of your own plants in an apartment. What you’ll have to do instead of tilling ground (since most apartments don’t have that option) is plant whatever fruits and vegetables you want to grow in containers.
Then you can place them on your balcony and allow them to produce. You could even go so far as to put a small greenhouse on your balcony so you could grow things longer into the year.
2. Raise small livestock
You might think I’m nuts, but hear me out for just a second. You can raise 2 hens if you have the go ahead from the landlord and enough space on your balcony. Lots of people are actually raising chickens in apartment dwelling areas because they are a great way to acquire fresh eggs, but don’t need a ton of space.
Also, you could try raising a couple of rabbits. They don’t need a lot of space either and could help produce a lot of meat for you each year.
3. Preserve your own food
Whether you grow your own food or not, you can still preserve your own food. If you grow a container garden, you could easily store your harvest through canning or freezing practices.
However, let’s say that you can’t grow your own food. You can still go to a local grocer. When food is on sale, stock up and preserve it yourself.
Also, there have been some years that I’ve struggled with certain crops. I go to locally owned produce stands or local farms and buy crops from them very inexpensively and can them. That way my family still has what they need, and I’m not having to depend on the grocery store for it.
4. Grow a herb garden
Herb gardens take up very little space. They can be raised in your kitchen window for that matter.
So if you have a balcony or a sunny spot in your apartment, you could potentially grow fresh herbs which put you one step closer to self-sufficiency.
5. Participate in a community garden
I grew up in the city and it isn’t always easy to grow your own garden. The reason is because you don’t always have adequate space for containers, let alone actually having ground.
But a lot of communities are growing community gardens. You can participate in this garden, help finance it, and get to partake in the harvest as well.
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