Homestead Wherever You Live: Part I

Raise your own eggs, milk, meat! The Backyard Homestead is in stock now at Lehman's in Kidron and Lehmans.com.

Raise your own eggs, milk, meat! The Backyard Homestead is in stock now at Lehman’s in Kidron and Lehmans.com.

I think a lot of people have common misconceptions about what the term ‘homesteading’ means. Many assume that you have to live on a chunk of country land with several farm animals and a large garden to be considered a homesteader.

But the Urban Homesteading movement is on the rise, giving a new meaning to the term ‘homesteading’ and new freedoms to city dwellers who thought they’d never have a chance to live more self-sufficiently where they are.

There are common characteristics between all homesteaders, no matter where they live. We all have a strong desire to eat home-grown, nutritious food; REAL food, enjoyed the way God intended.

Plan and start a container garden now! Click here for more information.

Plan and start a container garden now! Click here for more information.

We enjoy gardening, whether it’s on a large plot of land or in containers on our back patio; wherever we are we’re growing something. We long for simpler living, and days gone by when people used to enjoy real company and conversations instead of being glued to electronic gadgets 24-7.

We want to learn how to live without depending on others to take care of us, in every way possible. We strive toward debt free living, and spend modestly and purposefully.

We tend to shy away from man-made pharmaceuticals, and are excited to learn new ways of treating ourselves naturally.

This and other soapmaking books available at Lehmans.com and Lehman's in Kidron, Ohio.

This and other soapmaking books available at Lehmans.com and Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

We love organic products and learning how to make them, especially homemade soap and other toiletries, cosmetics, and household cleaners.

Learning how to harness alternative energy appeals to us. Whether that means we install a solar panel system to fully live off grid, or if it’s as simple as building a solar dehydrator, using free energy is a goal we all share. And we center our daily lives around our family (and in most cases, around our Creator).

There are so many things you can do to homestead wherever you are. If you’d like to join the movement, consider making several of these lifestyle changes, and adding more notches to your belt over time.

In Friday’s blog, I’ll present a list of easy changes you can consider on your path to self-sufficiency!