Homesteading for Self-Reliance
There are a lot more people considering homesteading in the US these days. You might be one of them. And the surge of interest in the homesteading lifestyle, I believe, is closely linked to the need to be in control of your life. This makes perfect sense, considering homesteading and self-reliance go together like peanut butter and chocolate.
It was very apparent the number of people interested in homesteading had grown over the last 2 years when Aaron and I showed up at the Homesteaders of America conference in October 2021. For the first time since the event began they had sold out of tickets and nearly all ticket holders showed up. Which is absolutely unheard of. The energy of the event was amazing! So many people of different backgrounds, brought together by one thing… the desire to be self-reliant. To know that no matter what happens in the world, you can provide for your family.
What is Homesteading?
Homesteading has been around forever. Honestly, it’s what the colonists did when they first came to America. The difference between farming and homesteading, at least to me, is scale. Farms these days usually only grow one kind of crop or raise one specific kind of livestock. Really homesteading is more of a way of thinking or living. You can homestead on a tiny urban plot or with acreage.
The main goal for people wanting to homestead is to become more self-sufficient. We want to be able to provide for our families without relying on the grocery store or someone else for our family’s basic needs. In the last few years homesteading has become extremely popular because of the massive rate of inflation and supply-chain issues.