Homesteading means you are separating yourself from the general population and will become as self-sufficient as you can.
There is an ever-growing large movement for homesteading and there are certainly some advantages to choosing this lifestyle.
You get a level of freedom that can’t be matched living in the city among other people, you get to grow your own food and know it’s healthy and organic, and you will develop a skill set of survival skills to mention just a few plus points.
It’s a tough way to live at first however. If you try and homestead without being prepared, chances are you’ll be running back to your old life in under a year. If you’re well prepared however, you’ll live out your dream happily ever after.
Important Homesteading Skills
Growing Your Own Food
There are literally no drawbacks to growing your own food, if successful. You save a lot of money, reduce the amount of waste through packaging, you know where and how your food has been grown, and it tastes better – it really does!
Gardening, growing fruit and being able to prepare nutritional meals is the staple of successful homesteading. It’s a key skill, and it’s not that difficult to get started. You can start with a few pots and plants, and before long you’ll have a vegetable garden.
Storing Water Long Term
You’re going to need to learn how to store and keep fresh water if you’re going to go off the grid or live away from the general population. There is nothing fun about running out of water, whether it’s for drinking, cooking, washing, anything.
As a general rule, the more water you can store the better. I’m sure you have water pump facilities and fresh water on tap, but to be safe you should have a room with some shelving with large water barrels in.
Canning food is an essential homesteading skill and goes hand-in-hand with growing your own produce. This is because you can grow twice as much fresh food as you need (or more), and can enough food to take you through the winter months.
You can go down the pressure canning route, but some canning jars are usually more than sufficient for the calendar year. They lock with an air-tight seal, and being see through you know exactly what’s inside.
Freezing/Freeze Drying Food
Freeze drying is a long-term solution to having food in storage. Freeze dried food can last for years, some foods even up to 25 years! It’s a useful technique if you want to keep food long-term, also if you want your food to retain a lot of its flavor and nutrition.
You can freeze dry foods using dry ice, your freezer, or the easiest way is using a freeze drying chamber. It’s definitely a skill to learn to be a homesteader.
Sewing and Clothing Repairs
If you’re going to be self-sufficient being able to repair your clothes is going to go a long way. Homesteading doesn’t mean slumming it or going without, I’m sure you have plenty of clothes, but I’m sure you’ll also agree it’s rewarding being able to repair your clothes and other fabrics.
There is a lot you can do with a few needles and some string. You don’t need a sewing machine, it doesn’t take a long time to become pretty good at sewing, and it’s a valuable skill.
Recycling Household Waste into Compost
Recycling is the essence of being self-sufficient and making everything you have last longer. By recycling household waste you save money, space, and you put to work what would otherwise be thrown out.
A compost bin is the easiest way to make compost out of waste. You can then use this compost to fertilize your land and grow your own vegetables. It’s the circle of growing and eating fresh, organic produce, and a staple of being a homesteader.
If you’ve chosen the homesteading lifestyle you better be handy with a wide range of tools. You should own everything you need to make your own repairs around the home and remain self-sufficient.
You also need to understand how to use fuel generators, solar panels, and gas canisters to generate your own fuel. Tools most people don’t come across in their daily life, but used as a lifeline on a homestead.
Reasons to Consider Homesteading
If you’re on the fence about homesteading and can’t quite put your finger on why it appeals to you so much, here are some of the main reasons people choose to live this lifestyle:
You Can Grow Your Own Healthy Food
You’re probably thinking, ‘I can grow my own food anywhere’, right? You probably can grow your own food where you live, but do you? Not many people do because it’s much more convenient popping to the store.
Living on a homestead means you have to grow and harvest your own food if you’re all in. There are no excuses, and after a short time eating fresh food that you know hasn’t been treated with chemicals and pesticides, you won’t turn back.
You Can Be Truly Free
If you want to homestead you are an independent and proactive personality type. There is only so much freedom you can experience living in an apartment or a house in the city, or even the countryside.
Freedom is a feeling as much as it is a reality. Homesteading is the way to be free, you can connect with nature, leave all the stresses of modern life behind, and find true happiness that suits you.
It’s Great for Families
Homesteading is great for families to work together and be a closer unit. Kids can work, or help out with the chores running the homestead. This builds character and teaches responsibility, along with practical skills they would otherwise never be exposed to.
While homesteading doesn’t mean giving up all modern technology, it does mean you look at areas you can cut back on. Less electronic device and more time outside is obviously another huge advantage for the whole family.
Wondering what a day in the life of a Homesteader looks like? Check out this video: