I am a homesteader.
I want clean food. I want clean water. I want clean meat. I want exercise & fresh air. I want my food to be as fresh and local as possible. I want my kids to know where food comes from. I want to know how to butcher a chicken. I want to know how to milk a cow. I want to know how to shoot a deer. If all the stores disappeared, I want to be able to keep going.
I am a homesteader.
Wikipedia defines Homesteading as, “a lifestyle of self-sufficiency which may include subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs……Homesteading is not defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, but by the lifestyle choices they make.”
Mother Earth News calls Homesteading a “lifestyle that promotes greater self sufficiency.”
You don’t have to move to the middle of no-where and live on acreage to embrace “homesteading.” It can begin in a neighborhood, an apartment, or on a small plot of land. Anyone of us can become a homesteader. It’s more than just getting-back-to-the-land. A homesteader is someone who is becoming less reliant on others and becoming more self-sufficient.
It can even include: (click on the underlined words to read more)
- Food – growing, raising, preserving, processing, preparing
Maintenance and the upkeep properties and materials
For me, self-sufficiency is a journey. Each year I learn more. Each day I make choices (some days I do better than others).
Every day I chose:
- Will I eat what is growing in the garden?
Will I eat the meat we have raised/ stored?
Will I preserve the berries?
Will I plant my fall garden when it is August and 200 degrees outside? (OK, maybe it’s not quite 200 degrees)
Will I call the local fence company or stretch the fence myself? (With the help of DH)
I have opportunities to chose self-sufficiency every day. I still have a lot to learn, but I am making progress! I don’t know if I’ll ever get there. One thing is for certain, I am more self-sufficient today than I was last year and terribly more than 5 years ago.
Our farm is far from perfect; at the same time, we are learning to homestead and growing as a family. The best part has been the journey. Homesteading is an adventure you may not want to miss!
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