Can Seniors Really Homestead Remotely?


| 6/29/2016 2:03:00 PM


Tags: self sufficiency, remote living, off grid living, homesteading as a senior, retirement, homesteading inspiration, Bruce McElmurray, Colorado,

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What Constitutes Being a Senior?

It all depends on individual interpretation, but most dictionaries consider seniors to be around 65 years old. Ask any person 65 and they will probably tell you that a senior is between 78 and 80 years old. It is essentially how you evaluate your own status and many people in these age groups still do not consider themselves senior.

In my case, after cutting/splitting/stacking a cord of firewood and being barely able to move at the end of the day is when I feel very much senior. Ask me the next morning and I’d probably tell you in another 10 years or around my mid-80s I'll be a senior. Being a senior can, therefore, fluctuate due to variable circumstances and individual interpretation.

What Constitutes Homesteading?

My first encounter with the word "homestead" was when I lived in Florida and, after a few years, I could claim my home under the Homesteading Act, which gave me reduced taxes. All I knew about homesteading (even though I lived in a city) was that it provided a tax break after you had been in your home for 5 years.

Now, homesteading means a type of lifestyle of self-sufficiency where you make your own clothes, grow and preserve your own food, and is generally associated with remote living.

Defining 'Senior Homesteader'

Therefore, to consider myself a senior homesteader would depend on the time of day I’m asked that question and what I have been doing. Since we live in a cabin remotely in the mountains, heat with a woodstove and get our water from a deep well, plus grow our own vegetables, I think we qualify as senior homesteaders.


oblianna
7/30/2016 5:59:04 PM

Way to go Sweetshimas. I am 62 and my wife is 57 and have been phasing into homesteading for the past five years and will keep it up as long as possible. Take care and best of luck. Oblianna.aurtoi


sweetshimas
7/29/2016 5:57:03 PM

I live alone on a 20 acre homestead and Have for 20 + years. I am 63 and still do my own canning, freezing and dehydrating. At this age I no longer raise sheep, goats, cows, horses or rabbits. But I still have my beloved chickens and lots of dogs. I have my little garden ( I do not eat as much these days.) We still dream: I now have part of my homestead solar, and am working on a wind turbine. My next project is a root cellar. We still dream, we still learn, and we still love living free. Cordia North of Spokane, Wa 2016 PS I still hunt too.




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