Homesteading means different things to different people so depending on who you ask, you’ll get a different answer.
Wikipedia defines homesteading as…
Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of food, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale….
Modern homesteaders often use renewable energy options including solar electricity and wind power. Many also choose to plant and grow heirloom vegetables and to raise heritage livestock. Homesteading is not defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, but by the lifestyle choices they make.
For me this is pretty accurate (although I don’t make my own textiles but would love to learn how to sew better). While we try and live as self sustainably as possible we do still splurge on some modern luxuries from time to time and we try not to restrict ourselves to a particular mindset about how we “should” live.
How Did We Start Homesteading?
For me homesteading was kind of a natural progression. I started with a little vegetable garden and before long I’d taken over our whole (tiny) backyard. When we moved to a larger property I planted an orchid and started raising chickens. When we cleared the back paddocks my husband decided he wanted some cows and one day Claudia fell in love with a kid (baby goat) at a friends farm and before long we had 5 of them. One day I woke up and we were basically running a farm!
Why not? Homesteading is rewarding, it’s good for the environment, it saves money and it’s FUN. You don’t have to own a big property to homestead (we were in a very small villa when we started). The beauty of homesteading is that you can do as much or as little as you like and make it work for your family.
Until next time,