Welcome to homestead-land. This site is dedicated to the simple life and how to live it. The skills you need to live this life are within your grasp, but you have to be dedicated, you have to make the committment. You’ll find the rewards are many-a feeling of accomplishment and pride that is lacking in our society today. Living the simple life is rewarding because it brings us back to our roots, the place where we belong.
What is homesteading?
It used to mean that you bought some land, built your home on it and worked the land. Today, homesteading has evolved into a variety of things and all you need to be a homesteader is a certain frame of mind, and the desire to be self-sufficient to some degree. Growing some of your own food is a good place to start; you don’t need acreage or even a back yard. No matter where you live, from a New York City loft to your own spread in the Appalachian Mountains, if you take on the challenge of growing your own food, you can call yourself a homesteader. This site is all about homesteading skills and how to develop them.
Why homestead? Why be self sufficient?
What’s in it for you? We always dreamed of living off the land, just the phrase itself conjured up images of a little cabin in the wilderness surrounded by tall trees and rolling green hills, gurgling streams and abundant fresh air and sunshine. If you have the urge to live a more independent life, one where you rely on yourself more, and you don’t have to run to the store for every single thing, then homesteading might be for you. What’s in it for you is a great adventure and a feeling of accomplishment.
What kind of homesteader are you- frugal, urban, Christian?
You don’t need to know to get started. Buy your land, build your house if you’re so inclined, grow your garden, raise your livestock, and in so doing you’ll find out what kind of homesteader you are.
Homesteading is about developing a relationship with nature and the creatures that you raise, whether they end up feeding you or not. You make a promise to feed and care for the animals you raise and to lovingly tend to the seeds you plant. The skills you learn while homesteading are special and valuable because they’re going by the wayside and not being taught enough to our children. Your learning and practicing of them gives them renewed value.
Where to Start
Decide what you want to do with your land. Do you want to raise animals, grow all or some of your food, farm the land. Consider carefully how much physical work you can do and how handy you are. Do you want your homestead to be very isolated or do you want to be within ten miles of a grocery store?
Do you want to start from scratch with bare land, or do you want a property with an existing home that need improvements?
Try taking a course on building or homesteading to get some hands on experience, and read as many books as you can.