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
In the house of Laurie Freeman and Jim Strickland, even the pins and rafters are handmade.
Laurie Freeman and Jim Strickland hosted an old-fashioned house-raising to construct their off-grid home.
This 650-square-foot house at the 21st Street Urban Homestead proves that small spaces can still be productive.
Laurie Freeman and Jim Strickland pose inside their hand-built home.
Laurie Freeman and Jim Strickland's unique off-grid home uses the power of the sun.
Barbara Heller and Alan Steinberg maintain a tidy, rural homestead in Afton, N.Y.
This portable backyard chicken coop, based on an old plan from MOTHER EARTH NEWS, graces the garden beds of the 21st Street Urban Homestead.
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.
Rebecca Heller-Steinberg displays the produce available through her Extended Harvest winter CSA program.
Alan Steinberg prepares freshly picked strawberries for the freezer.
Barbara Heller poses with sunflowers cut from her family's homestead.
Holy Terror Farm's Scottish Highland cows say hello.
Maple syrup ready for sale at Hopewell Farms.
Join us in September 2012 to celebrate International Homesteading Education Month. Learn more at www.MotherEarthNews.com/Homesteading-Month.
Rachel Conlin of Irish Hills Farm in Canada displays a couple of her sweet young lambs.
The house and Three Sisters garden of Joseph Graham and Sheila Eskenazi in Quebec, Canada.