FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD
Enjoy Real Food
Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by local subsistence agriculture, inside home preservation of food, and it may also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craft work for household use or sale. Pursued in different ways around the world—and in different rural and remote areas—today’s homesteading is generally differentiated from the rural village or commune living by physical isolation of the homestead. Use of the term in the United States dates back to the Homestead Act (1862).
The Perfect Location
On every homestead, there are certain needs that must be met. They are food, water, shelter, health and safety. These are essential, meaning that if you take any away, life here is over in some ways more permanently than others. At most homestead locations there is no rapid 911 emergency service.
In the U.S. many homesteads are built in remote areas where several feet of snow can accumulate, or where hurricanes can be expected, or where temperatures exceed 100°F. In some areas, all these conditions might occur within the same year. Furthermore, individual building sites pose a wide variety of challenges. The surface of the land might slope steeply; the soil might contain expansive clay or bed-rock or there might be too much moisture in the ground.
Beyond simply building houses that last, however, homesteaders need to create houses that perform. once viewed as basic shelters from the extremes of the weather, houses are now seen as climate-controlled enclaves. Most people expect the environment inside their house to be comfortable year-round, no matter how brutal the weather is outside. Accomplishing this goal in the face of ever-increasing energy costs is one of the biggest challenges.
Modern homesteaders often use renewable energy options including wood, hydro, solar electricity and wind power. Many also choose to plant and grow their vegetables and to raise livestock. Homesteading is defined by the lifestyle choices you make.