WHAT IS HOMESTEADING?
There are many different ways to answer this question, I found an article that got straight to the point and answered it for more effectively than I could, especially since we are still very new to this. We have had some hiccups and bumps along the way to create even just a small urban homestead, which I will talk about in a different post all together. Until, then I will leave you with this excerpt from the article and a link to it, in its entirety.
However, an internet search produces two common definitions.
HOMESTEADING AND SELF RELIANCE
The first definition refers to living self-sufficiently and sustainably. Most of the time this involves a family group living together in a home or homes on a property. They plant a large vegetable garden and keep animals to provide food for their own consumption.
As expected according to Dictionary.com, the formal definition of homesteading comes from the word “homestead.” A homestead is “a dwelling with its land and buildings, occupied by the owner as a home and exempted by a homestead law from seizure or sale from debt.” And as a verb, it simply means “to acquire a homestead.”
Today, we use the word more informally. In fact, you might use the word to describe a household gardening and keeping animals to feed their family.
SIMPLE ACTIVITIES TO TRY
Here are some things you can do to get started:
- Raise your own backyard chickens
- Plan a vegetable garden
- Grow food to feed your family
- Start herbs indoors
- Read up on pickling for beginners
- Start creating your own homestead kitchen
- Stock a root cellar
- Build your own furniture and other items
- Learn about canning and preserving
- Try dehydrating food to preserve it
- Start smoking fish or drying fish
- Urban foraging
- Canning and preserving
- Make your own clothes
You’ll find many ways to try your hand at homesteading activities. If it makes you more self-reliant, try it out.
The information above can be found in a more indepth article here: https://www.anoffgridlife.com/what-is-homesteading/