Homesteading has become a buzz word across the internet. Even if you are not ‘into’ the extreme aspects of homesteading, everyone can benefit from growing even a portion of their food. You don’t have to own a full scale farming operation, tractor, or even a large portion of land in the country to reduce your dependence on a grocery store for your family’s food consumption.
The less dependent you are on frequent trips to the grocery store, the more money you will save. Financial independence is a part of homesteading’s pull for people tired of debt. It is extremely hard to pay down debt while maintaining a full pantry, rent or mortgage, and the other high bills associated with urban living.
Food prices have skyrocketed since the serious downturn of the United States economy in late 2008. Adding to the problem economy we saw natural disasters limiting the supply of certain foods and contamination of other foods. E. Coli, salmonella, and listeria were found in recalled foods from 2009 to 2011 in peanut butter, eggs, spinach, strawberries, and other produce. Even popular fruit packager Del Monte fell victim to contaminated fruit.
When you homestead your food is under your control. From fertilizer to the slaughter of animals meant for food – you are in control. (Please keep in mind that not all areas will allow you to slaughter your farm animals, they may require you take them to a slaughterhouse.)
Homesteading is good for your wallet, your self-esteem, and your health. As you learn how to do more things to sustain you and your family, the sense of freedom stemming from self-reliance will also help you overcome any fears you may have concerning job loss or other financial emergencies. Life with less worry is a beautiful thing!
In upcoming Hubs I’ll help you learn how to make the most of your homestead be it country or urban! From backyard chickens to soapmaking, you will learn the basics and hopefully find inspiration to try even small scale homesteading.