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Anyone can be a modern homesteader. It simply means being self- sufficient, being aware of the impact you have on the Earth and using the land you have to the full.
You don’t have to have acres of land, you could use a 4′ x 4′ plot of land if that’s what you have.
As long as you’re using it to become more self-sufficient you can practice modern homesteading.
Modern Homesteading goes hand in hand with living naturally and sustainably, as it’s a lifestyle choice.
Why should you consider modern homesteading?
Being Self-Sufficient means being independent and not needing help from an outside source.
Growing your own food or raising livestock are great ways to become self-sufficient.
However, if you live on less than an acre, it’s not always easy to raise livestock. – Chickens are ideal for small properties. They don’t need a large area to roam and their coops don’t take up a large footprint.
Having chickens will provide you with fresh eggs and fresh meat!
As a bonus, raising livestock keeps you in control of what they eat, so the eggs and meat will be so much healthier than what you can get at the store.
Set up bee houses or bee hives. This will help save the bees and you’ll have some delicious fresh honey from the hives!
Gardening is another great way to become self-sufficient.
Gardening can be done in apartments as well as you can grow anything in pots or planters.
Water collection tanks can easily be set up on any size land. You can use this water for your personal consumption or use it for your garden.
Also Read: Sustainable Water Filtration
Hunting and fishing are also ways to become self-sufficient.
Hunting I know, is not for everyone. I never thought I would become a hunter! If you’re curious about hunting or want to see why I became a hunter read my post about Why I Hunt.
Just because I hunt and grow my own produce doesn’t mean that I don’t go grocery shopping. – We grocery shop once a month. We shop at Costco, farmers markets and health food shops. We buy the essentials in bulk. This has drastically helped our monthly expenses and gives us more free time to do things we enjoy.
Making meals at home rather than going out to eat is another form of self-sufficiency. It’s also so much healthier and using the food you grew or raised is so rewarding. – Don’t feel bad on those days when you order take-out. I do this on occasion as well. Someday’s you just need to..
DIY and selling homemade goods
When you start becoming more self-sufficient, DIY skills become the new normal.
You’ll start finding creative ways to fix and use up items you already have, rather than buying new.
It’s rewarding to make something with your hands.
Make your land work for you and sell what you’ve made. Fruits, veggies, eggs, honey, plants, trees and handmade items can all be sold at farmers markets, on your property or online. This is a great way to make a little extra income.
Preserving food, learning to sew, making your own laundry detergent and cleaners, using solar panels, using a wood stove to heat your house and doing projects around the house yourself instead of hiring it done are all ways we become self-sufficient.
Why you should consider Modern Homesteading
Knowing where your food comes from is a huge advantage! Teaching your children where their food comes from is one of the best life lessons you could teach.
Using our hands is becoming a lost art. This modern age has spoiled us with so many conveniences, it’s nice to tune out and make something ourselves.
Working outside is a great stress reliever and you feel a great sense of accomplishment when you’ve been working on your own projects.
Common Myths about Homesteading
“If you’re a homesteader, you don’t use electricity”
Some who homestead live off the grid, but not all do. There are no set rules for homesteading. It’s based living with nature in mind. It’s really difficult in modern days to live without electricity. That’s why we practice Modern Homesteading. It’s the homestead mentality for the modern age.
“It’s all work and no play”
While it’s true that homesteading can be a lot of hard work, don’t burn yourself out. Each level of homesteading will bring it’s own set of challenges. Make sure to take time to “play” and do what you enjoy.
“You have to have grown up on a farm or have farming experience to homestead”
This is a common myth. I didn’t grow up on or work on a farm, neither did my husband. You don’t need farm experience to homestead, you just need a willingness to learn and a desire to take control of your life.
“You have to be completely self-sufficient”
In this modern age it’s difficult to be completely self-sufficient. The good news is that it’s not a requirement for modern homesteading. I have running water, use electricity, have 2 cars that run on gasoline and I go to the grocery store. I am not completely self-sufficient and that’s okay. Don’t feel bad if you can’t keep livestock, not all homesteaders have livestock.
“Homesteaders are homebodies and don’t interact with the outside world”
Yes, I enjoy being home away from the world, but I still go shopping. I still go out to eat. I enjoy visiting museums, watching movies, and seeing plays and symphonies. Everyone is different, so there probably are homesteading hermits, but we’re not all like that. As you know, I’m a blogger and I have a normal 9-5 job. I interact with people on a regular basis.
“You have to live in the country to be a homesteader”
This is not true. Sure, it makes it a little easier but you can homestead in urban areas and suburban areas as well.
You don’t need to do it perfectly, but homesteading is very rewarding and gives you a deep sense of satisfaction along with drawing you closer to nature.
Would you consider Modern Homesteading?