If you are fed up with modern technology and want to get “back to the basics,” you are a Homesteader and on your way to Homesteading.
Whether or not you have land, a cabin, or anything else that goes with Homesteading.
The idea of homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It does not necessarily mean living off the grid
Living a life of a Homesteader is living a simpler life and more dependant upon your own work and responsibilities.
Here is a good excerpt about what it means to Homestead from Grit:
How to be a Homesteader
Completely living off the grid means disconnecting from the electric and communication grid, generating your own water supply so as not to depend on the municipal water system, dealing with your own waste and sewage, and heating and cooling your home without natural gas.
Besides the myth that homesteading includes free land, there are a few other myths that need debunking when considering this lifestyle. No, you do not need to come from a ranching or farming family to adopt this lifestyle. There is no doubt that it would make it easier, but, like anything else, new skills can be learned.
This is not an all-or-nothing venture. Just as you do not have to go completely off the grid to embrace homesteading, you do not have to raise or grow every bit of your own food. Some have modern appliances and buy food such as flour at farmers markets or local stores instead of grinding their own. Each person has the privilege of weaving any of these skills into their lifestyle to the extent that they wish.
Each person has the privilege of weaving any of these skills into their lifestyle to the extent that they wish.
It is also not true that you need a lot of land to be a homesteader. Some live in apartments. Homesteading is a certain mentality, a set of values of trying at varying degrees to sustain a lifestyle off the land. Even an apartment dweller can work toward this goal by canning his own vegetables.
Homesteading is a certain mentality, a set of values of trying at varying degrees to sustain a lifestyle off the land. Even an apartment dweller can work toward this goal by canning his own vegetables.
Homesteading embraces people from all walks of life. So many have the notion that it is still a throwback to the hippie generation, and that is not true. You will find even lawyers and businessmen trying to simplify their life and depend less on others for their basic needs.
The skills needed to start homesteading are as varied as the degree with which you intend to pursue this lifestyle. Here is a list of some to consider if you are thinking about pursuing this lifestyle a little further:
1. Learn to garden and preserve the produce.
2. Learn to compost using vegetable odds and ends.
3. Make homemade remedies for ailments.
4. Make your own laundry soap, deodorant, and other personal care products.
5. Save seeds for future harvest.
6. Know first aid and CPR.
7. Learn how to do your own repairs on machinery and appliances.
8. Learn which wild herbal plants are good for medicine and forage for them.
9. Learn how to start a fire anywhere with what is on hand.
10. Learn to handle, shoot, and clean a gun.
11. Learn to hunt wild game and fish, not as a sport, but rather for necessary food.
Homesteading is mostly being mindful of how we use our resources, and all of us are homesteaders to some degree of the word.
The more self-sufficient we are, the more confidence we have that we are able to survive crises and take care of ourselves.
Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency and is not defined by where someone lives, but rather by lifestyle choices that we make.
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