A Homesteading Alphabet

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Do you find yourself spelling out words to others, such as when you are spelling out your last name? Instead of sticking with a ho-hum alphabet of terms, such as A for Apple and B for Boy, try out our Homesteading Alphabet to keep your listeners on their toes and your homesteader lifestyle a part of your daily routine in a whole new way. Check out the links for each term to find a whole world of information on many of the given homesteading topics. If you have words to add to the list, add them on Twitter by searching for, and using, #homesteadalphabet, or leave your ideas in the comments section below. 

A Homesteading Alphabet

A as in Axe

B as in Blacksmithing, Barn or Burr Gherkin

C as in Chicken, Cow or Compost

D as in Dirt

E as in Earth-Sheltered Home

F as in Fresh

G as in Garden or Goats

H as in Heirloom, Homestead or Hybrid Car

I as in Inverter

J as in Jam

K as in Kilowatt

L as in Livestock or Lithium Ion Battery

M as in Mulch

N as in No-till!

O as in Organic

P as in Permaculture or Pastured Poultry

Q as in Quail 

R as in Rooster

S as in Solar, Sheep or Soil

T as in Tractor or Tomato

U as in Urban Homestead

V as in Vermicompost or Vegetables

W as in Wind Energy

X as in Xeriscaping

Y as in Yurt

Z as in Zero-Energy Home


Jennifer Kongsis the Managing Editor at MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine. When she’s not working at the magazine, she’s likely working in her garden, on the local running trails or in her kitchen instead. You can find Jennifer on Twitteror .