"No man but feels more of a man in the world if he have a bit of ground that he can call his own. However small it is on the surface, it is four thousand miles deep; and that is a very handsome property."
What does the word "Homestead" mean to you?
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, a Homestead is a house, especially a farmhouse, land and outbuildings.
In the earlier decades of the 20th century, most of the U.S. was rural, and the word Homestead always meant just that, a house, barn, silos, etc. on acreage.
However, the 1960s and 70s brought about a "back-to-the-land" movement in the U.S., complete with it's own journal (Mother Earth News).
In the 1990s and 2000s, concerns about our economic future as a nation prompted a general "self-sufficiency" movement. This helped move the self-sufficiency and survival philosophies to not only rural acreage, but also into suburban and even urban settings.
A catchall term for this movement is "urban homesteading", or as we call it "The Backyard Homestead". Although this term implies that you must have a "yard" in order to homestead, that is not the case.
More and more urban apartment-dwellers and inner-city residents have found ways to live in a more self-sufficient and ecologically-responsible manner. (Such as community gardens and cooperative small livestock holdings).
It is not where you live, but how you live that makes you a homesteader.
We live on 3 acres in a National Forest, so have plenty of room for all our projects. Read about some outdoor homestead accessories and equipment we use and recommend here.
According to Wikipedia:
Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency.
Most proponents of homesteading practice at least some of the following:
Our favorite. If you only get 1 book, get this one.
Availability varies, so it may take some searching in used-book sites. Worth it for some unusual and helpful tips.
Traditional Homesteading and Crafts
Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!
Looking for a truly squirrel-proof bird feeder? Read about our bird feeders and other outdoor accessories we use and recommend here.
Interested in building a survival greenhouse?
Need some wood splitters to help get that firewood stacked up for winter?