Our 2012 Homesteaders of the Year: Living the Good Life Through Modern Homesteading

These seven families offer inspiring examples of modern homesteading, including a dedication to building self-reliant communities in both rural and urban settings.



Dirt Road
The path to self-reliance can be just as rewarding as the ultimate goal. This is one of many lessons learned by our 2012 Homesteaders of the Year.
PHOTO: TIM CONLIN
Rafters
In the house of Laurie Freeman and Jim Strickland, even the pins and rafters are handmade.
LAURIE FREEMAN
Raising A House
Laurie Freeman and Jim Strickland hosted an old-fashioned house-raising to construct their off-grid home.
LAURIE FREEMAN
21st Street Urban Homestead
This 650-square-foot house at the 21st Street Urban Homestead proves that small spaces can still be productive.
CHARLYN ELLIS
Laurie Freeman And Jim Strickland
Laurie Freeman and Jim Strickland pose inside their hand-built home.
LAURIE FREEMAN
Solar Panels
Laurie Freeman and Jim Strickland's unique off-grid home uses the power of the sun.
LAURIE FREEMAN
New York Homestead
Barbara Heller and Alan Steinberg maintain a tidy, rural homestead in Afton, N.Y.
BARBARA HELLER
Portable Chicken Coop
This portable backyard chicken coop, based on an old plan from MOTHER EARTH NEWS, graces the garden beds of the 21st Street Urban Homestead.
CHARLYN ELLIS
Pantry
Nothing beats the comfort and security of a well-stocked pantry like the one shown here in the basement of the 21st Street Urban Homestead.
CHARLYN ELLIS
Rebecca Heller Steinberg
Rebecca Heller-Steinberg displays the produce available through her Extended Harvest winter CSA program.
BARBARA HELLER
Preparing Strawberries
Alan Steinberg prepares freshly picked strawberries for the freezer.
BARBARA HELLER
Barbara Heller
Barbara Heller poses with sunflowers cut from her family's homestead.
ALAN STEINBERG
Highland Cows
Holy Terror Farm's Scottish Highland cows say hello.
ALISON GANNETT
Maple Syrup
Maple syrup ready for sale at Hopewell Farms.
HOPEWELL FARMS
IHEM Logo
Join us in September 2012 to celebrate International Homesteading Education Month. Learn more at www.MotherEarthNews.com/Homesteading-Month.
Darin Schroeder
Rachel Conlin
Rachel Conlin of Irish Hills Farm in Canada displays a couple of her sweet young lambs.
TIM CONLIN
Quebec Homestead
The house and Three Sisters garden of Joseph Graham and Sheila Eskenazi in Quebec, Canada.
JOSEPH GRAHAM











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