According to Wikipedia, homesteading is “a lifestyle of self-sufficiency“. A self-sufficient family might make their own food, or create products that can be used at home or sold, such as clothing or crafts.
Many homesteaders have a garden, some animals, and perhaps even a farm. There are different levels of how seriously a person may choose to homestead, and homesteading doesn’t necessarily mean being “off-grid”. Reasons for homesteading can also be diverse.
For example, as a homesteader you can take life slower, have access to homegrown, fresh organic produce, be surrounded by nature, learn and teach meaningful skills, have a more healthy and active lifestyle, have more freedom, and etc. Homesteading can also be catered to a more urban environment, such as by growing a potted plant garden.
As a young teenager, I was adamant that I did not want to marry a farmer.. (more…)