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Why Homesteading?

Updated on April 21, 2012
Red-wing blackbird in apple tree
Red-wing blackbird in apple tree

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.

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      Julie Fletcher 5 years ago

      Thanks to both of you, Anne and Mvillecat.

      I started a blog to follow along as we slowly build our homestead. :-) You can see our progress www.rt244.com

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      Catherine Dean 5 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      I am a wanne be homesteader and have seen the benefits this year of having our own garden. Thanks, I voted up!

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      AnnRandolph 5 years ago

      In my old age I'm finally becoming a homesteader. I learned the hard way that the corporate life can be a high stress life and I'm willing to go without luxuries to avoid the stress. I've really simplified and am so much happier and more contented. Just sorry it took so long to realize it.

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      Julie Fletcher 6 years ago

      Thank you, Cloverleaffarm. It IS hard work and worth it like you say.

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      Healing Herbalist 6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Great hub. We have been "homesteading" for quite a few years. Not as easy as it looks, but it is a great life. I have written several articles about it on my blog. Voted up +

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      Julie Fletcher 6 years ago

      Thank you very much. I agree that being self sufficient is a huge reward. My great-grandparents raised me and instilled a love of being frugal.

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      kmaskreations 6 years ago

      I love seeing the younger generation going back to basics. Aside from the monetary benefits, the pride and satisfaction of not depending on others is priceless. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Julie Fletcher 6 years ago

      Thank you! I was a farmer in my 'former' life. Before leaving for city life. I hope I can help other people learn. :-)

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Your Hub is interesting and packed with good information that is useful to many people. You are right. Homesteading is really buzzing. Thanks for sharing

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