Expanding Closed Loop Systems Into A Network Of Local Community

On this episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast, Harold and Rachel Have A Further Discussion About Closed Loop Systems For The Homestead By Considering The Idea Of Expanding To A Network Of Other Homesteaders In A Local Community.

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 165 – November 8, 2022

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Building Community through Homesteading: A Discussion on Expanding Closed-Loop Systems


In this episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast, we discuss the potential of expanding the concept of closed-loop systems beyond individual homesteads to include local communities. This approach not only enhances self-sufficiency but also fosters a stronger sense of community among homesteaders.

Sharing Labor for Greater Efficiency

One of the key themes discussed was the idea of labor sharing. Just as the old adage goes, “many hands make light work,” the hosts emphasized the benefits of collective efforts in tackling large-scale projects. This could include tasks like planting, harvesting, and even building projects, drawing inspiration from traditional practices like barn raisings.

Trading and Sharing Food

Another aspect of this community-driven approach is the sharing and trading of food. Homesteaders can specialize in growing certain crops or raising specific animals and then trade with others who have different products. This not only diversifies everyone’s pantry but also allows for more efficient use of resources.

Tool and Equipment Sharing

The concept of tool sharing was also discussed. Homesteading often requires various tools and equipment, which can be costly and take up space. By sharing tools within a community, homesteaders can access what they need without the burden of individual ownership. This could range from simple gardening tools to more complex equipment like wood chippers or pluckers.

Building a Local Homesteading Network

Creating a local network of homesteaders was seen as crucial in this endeavor. By forming groups, whether through social media platforms like Facebook or physical meetups, homesteaders can connect, share resources, and support each other. The idea of a binder or an online document listing available resources, skills, and willing participants was suggested as a practical way to organize this network.

Overcoming Challenges

While the benefits of such a community are clear, challenges such as dealing with unreliable participants or damaged tools were acknowledged. The hosts suggested that careful planning, clear communication, and possibly community-purchased equipment could mitigate these issues.

Personal Experiences and Inspirations

The hosts shared their personal experiences and inspirations from history and literature, notably referencing “Little House on the Prairie,” to illustrate the power of community in homesteading. They highlighted how mutual assistance not only gets the job done but also builds lasting relationships and a safety net for times of need.

Conclusion: The Way Forward

The episode concluded with a call to action for homesteaders to consider expanding their closed-loop systems to include their local communities. This approach promises not only practical benefits in terms of shared labor, food, and tools but also enriches the homesteading experience through the creation of a supportive and resilient community.

Listeners were encouraged to join the discussion on the Homestead Front Porch Facebook group to share ideas and experiences related to building homesteading communities.


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