Guide to Self-Sufficient Living: Advice From Nine Modern Homesteaders
Homesteading experts share their wisdom about seeking self-reliance in rural, suburban and even urban settings. No matter where you live or where you are in your own journey for more sustainable living, these experts’ real-world advice on simple living will give you the inspiration to jump-start your own quest for change.
Often, the joy of simple living is found in everyday tasks, such as feeding calves and completing farm chores.
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You don't have to grow up on a farm to become a chicken-raising, denim-donning, goat-hugging homesteader.
The joys of a self-sufficient life include raising your own food.
Traditional skills, including sharpening and working with scythes, can become daily tasks for a back-to-the-lander.
Even in urban settings, your dreams of raising chickens can come true.
Maintaining a garden inside the city limits can provide the majority of your produce.
Mix one go-getter family, acreage with good soil, and a farmhouse outfitted with a small wind turbine and solar panels, and you've got the makings of a self-sufficient homestead.
Deborah Niemann reaching out to scratch Lily, the American Guinea sow.