I have come across a wonderful old blog on Mother Earth News’ website, old as in it was posted on July 13th of 2007. It is titled What is Homesteading. The blog explains homesteading much more than I am able to. Here is what I have learned to communicate from reading it:
Depending on what point in time you are depends on what the term homesteading means to you. Suppose you are living in the mid 1800s, this is when the Homesteading Act of 1862 went into play. This was a government act that provided public land grants of 160 acres to people who were willing to pay small registration fee and agreed to live on the land for at least 5 years. At the end of that 5 years they would be granted a deed to the land. I am now kind of envious of the mid 1800s.
Fast forward to the 1970s, this is when homesteading started to be known as a return to the land. The term began to be known as being self-sufficient.
Today, homesteading is all about self-sufficiency, using less energy, eating wholesome local or homegrown food, getting involved in the community, and making decisions that help your community and the environment around you.
I have found in my journey in homesteading, that it is truly what you make it, you can be as much or as little of a “homesteader” as suits you and your family. For me, I make smaller movements that slowly immerse me into the world of being self-sufficient. I am getting there slowly, learning along the way and being sure to share with others great resources for the homesteader. At the moment my favorite online store for homesteading items is http://redhillgeneralstore.com