When we talk about homesteading to people, they conjure up images of Little House on the Prairie or some hippy living off the land in the woods.
You don’t need acres and acres of land, chickens or even a garden to homestead.
Some homesteaders live in apartments in cities with no backyard and nothing but a concrete jungle for miles around them.
How do they do it?
Homesteading is a State of Mind.
Homesteading isn’t about living in the countryside surrounded by farms, growing all your own food and tending to livestock. It’s a lifestyle of self sufficiency, but you don’t have to grow EVERYTHING you eat, mend all of your clothing, or be totally independent to do it.
Homesteading is doing what we can wherever we are.
You can make the choice to be less wasteful, you could support local farms, or cook your own meals from scratch. These little choices can add up and bring you closer to your community, help the environment and make you and your family healthier.
This is why we believe that we can homestead on the road. We’ve already done it in a row home in the city and a small one bedroom apartment.
And if we can homestead in a 200 sq ft RV while driving around the country, then anyone can homestead from anywhere!
Homesteading is about Lifestyle Choices
As an aspiring homesteader you can make conscious decisions that move you away from consumerism and embrace a more sustainable lifestyle. It could be simple changes like saving energy and turning off the TV more often or pursuing lifelong passions such as cooking.
Here are some simple things to start you on your homesteading journey :
- Start cooking your meals from scratch
- Make your own cleaning supplies
- Shop locally and stay out of big box stores
- Line/hang dry your clothes
- Conserve electricity and water
- Eat seasonally
- Shop at farmers markets
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Upcycle
- Walk or ride your bike more often
These choices don’t require a lot of time or extensive knowledge but can make an impact on your health and your community. Another bonus is that you’ll also save some cash in the process!
How to Grow Your Own Food Without a Garden
Even if you don’t have room for a garden or even a yard, you still can produce some of your own food. Some are ready for harvest as quickly as 7-14 days, some provide food for weeks!
Most of these ideas are super simple to get started, are relatively inexpensive, and don’t require any previous knowledge
- Sprout seeds for a nutrient packed salad or garnish
- Grow microgreens and elevate any meal!
- Container gardening on a patio or porch
- Grow your own produce indoors with hydroponics (it’s easier than you think)
- Cultivate mushrooms using a kit or logs
- Join a community garden
Become the Ultimate Homesteader!
Want to take your homesteading to the next level and be the coolest kid on the block?
There are more ways to cut down waste, conserve energy, or preserve that harvest. And a lot of these homemade items make great gifts, saving you even more money!
Although these ideas will take a little more research and practice, they will give you a sense of fulfilment and reward you year after year:
- Fermenting your own foods and drinks
- Canning and preserving organic veggies
- Make your own bar soap
- Start a compost pile or vermicompost bin
- Join a workshare program with your local CSA
- Collect & reuse greywater
- Invest in solar panels or join a green energy provider
- Get into beekeeping
- Learn to sew or knit your own clothing
Share Your Knowledge!
Once you start your homesteading journey you quickly learn what works and doesn’t work for you in your space/community.
You’ll also be so proud of your creations that you can’t help but share them with family and friends. Invite them over next time that you’re making something and teach them what you’ve learned. Or share whatever resources you found most valuable in your journey.
Hopefully, you will inspire your friends and family to take some of these steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle.
Because even if it’s little things here or there, the more people we all can inspire the better off we’ll all be in the long run.