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Thoughts on Modern Homesteading from our Community

Our readers open up and share their thoughts on modern homesteading and sustainable living.

| January 24, 2014

  • Modern homesteading, and the merits of sustainable living, are very important to our Facebook fans.
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What does the term "modern homesteading" mean to our readers? Off-grid solar power, a large food garden and a root cellar, chickens in the yard and cattle in the pasture, hope for the future? Sustainable living is at the forefront of the minds of many of our Facebook friends. Our active and homesteading readers gave us their interpretation of this oft-tossed-about expression.

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Alicyn Johnson Modern homesteading = Raising and growing your own food, and generating some or all of your own electricity/energy. I think it could even include making your own resources to some extent. (Yarn, and thread for sewing and knitting, milk soaps, etc.)

Ann Raeside I think anything that brings you closer to self-sustained living, even the smallest thing such as having your own chickens or vegetable garden. Living as we did before grocery stores or modern convenience. 

Renee Tobin A modern homestead would be completely energy efficient with solar and wind power that generates enough electricity to supply all of the needs of the home, garden, sheds etc. I also believe it should have room enough to grow, harvest, and store ones own food and herbs for medicines and teas, raise chickens for eggs and protein meats that are uncompromised by chemicals. The use of reclaimed materials and/or earth friendly materials for a healthy internal environment. An underground shelter from nature’s rage and future stores in case of emergencies, with back up generators and weapons for protection.

Arielle Hall Modern homesteading is the attempt and drive for self sustainability. Whether it be in the country or the suburbs, as I educate myself on the subject what it means to me evolves. I started by growing a few veggies, then the addiction took over! I have hens and a greenhouse, I grow and I can. I freeze and I jam! I read and I learn as much as I can. It is my Zen, and my peace as being able to feed myself and my family without drive-thrus and traditional groceries gives me a confidence and sense connection I thought was left in my childhood. Modern homesteading to me is an awakening!!!

2/12/2014 2:54:06 PM

Modern homesteading means being as self sufficient as possible for you and your family- growing/raising your own food, using as little electricity as possible, even with solar panels, harvesting rainwater and gray water for nonpotable things like irrigation. Besides being self sufficient it also means taking care of the animals, plants, natural resources and world around us as best as possible to continue to be able to be self sufficient.

1/29/2014 5:12:04 PM

I feel Modern Homesteading is all of the things that have been previously mentioned and a feeling that cannot be expressed in mere words. It is a connection and a investment in your past present and future. It is to take control of your own life and realize that your own labor is rewarded by the good things of the earth. That you are stepping up for your family and truly providing for them. You are claiming your stewardship of this land and the land tells you if you are doing well. That as in most all good things, simplicity is beautiful, elegant and worth striving for.

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