On today’s podcast, I will discuss with you several reasons why you shouldn’t wait until you move to your dream homestead, but instead, you should start your homesteading journey right now and right where you are.
- A modern definition of what homesteading is.
- The many reasons you should start homesteading today.
- What you can do to start homesteading right where you are.
What is Homesteading?
Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is often characterized by subsistence agriculture, livestock production, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small-scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale. Modern homesteaders often use renewable energy options including solar electricity and wind power. Many also choose to plant and grow heirloom vegetables and to raise heritage livestock. Homesteading is not necessarily defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, but rather by the lifestyle choices they make.
Why Should I Start Homesteading Right Now?
There is a real food problem in the world today and it mostly centers around the nutritional value of what we most often consume. Restaurants and grocery stores are packed full of unhealthy, nutrient-deficient “food” and it’s creating a huge health crisis among people today. One solution to solving this problem, at least on a micro level within your own household, is to grow and raise your own food. This solution is at the very heart of homesteading and is probably the biggest reason why you should start right now.
Bad things happen and I’m not necessarily talking about a total collapse of society or an end of the world event, I’m talking about things like job losses, medical emergencies, weather disasters, etc… Very real things that can affect your life temporarily or long term. Being prepared for bad things to happen is not being paranoid it’s being responsible. Again the idea of preparedness is at the core of homesteading, having preserved food on hand, energy backups, water security, these things are what most homesteaders make part of their lifestyle and are important for when things turn for the worse for whatever reason. You don’t need a hundred acres in a woods to make these things a reality, it can be worked towards right now, right where you are.
For skill development.
Skills take time to develop so why not start today. I’ve seen it before, someone jumps into the management of a large homestead with no experience all because of dreams they have of being self-sufficient and finds it’s much harder than they thought it would be. I’m not mocking the dream mind you, it’s a good dream, but rather than jumping into more than you can handle without any training why not start today developing the skills you will need to make the dream a reality in a more successful way.
For the children.
This sounds a little clichè I know but I mean it. If we want the children to carry on the important skills of our grandparents we need to start teaching them as soon as possible.
For the environment.
One of the greatest things about homesteading is that it usually encourages organic and environmentally friendly practices.
For the cause.
Homesteading is contagious! Beginning your homesteading journey sooner rather than later will impact others sooner than later. I really believe homesteading today will lead to a better tomorrow and the more we can influence others to the importance of this lifestyle the better future will be.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
What can I do right now, right where I am?
- Grow something edible.
- Start practicing food preservation.
- Work towards getting out of debt.
- Learn to hunt.
- Learn to forage.
- Practice food preparation.