While it’d be nice to have a little log cabin in the woods, beside a stream with a pasture and garden nearby it certainly isn’t necessary in order to homestead. Homesteading really is just leading a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
When a lot of people think of homesteading they visualize the Ingalls of Little House fame.
They resided basically ‘out in the boonies’ and were mostly self-reliant. They raised their own food, built their own house, sourced their own water and only went to town when they needed items they couldn’t fabricate themselves. This can be your dream.
Homesteading doesn’t have to be all in or nothing. Grandma’s garden was big enough to grow enough butter beans to feed her menagerie over the winter. Your garden, unless you’re planning on selling at the farmer’s market, doesn’t need to be so big.
Your ideal garden is just big enough to grow foodstuffs for your own family, food that can be put back (by canning, dehydrating or other means) until the next growing season.
It wasn’t uncommon as late as the fifties for folks with a backyard to have a milk cow. The cow provided milk for the growing family and excess milk was often sold or turned into other dairy products for the families consumption. They made simple cheeses (often in a cheesecloth sack hung on the clothesline.)
You won’t find milk cows in town these days. There are alternatives though. There are Community Sourced Agriculture programs (CSA’s) that offer ‘cow shares’ for dairy and meat.
Don’t live ‘yet’ in the countryside? That doesn’t mean you can’t become more self-sufficient. Even growing a potted tomato or pepper on your balcony or patio will give you a start in honing those gardening skills.
Every step is a step in the right direction. Today a potted tomato… someday a row of corn of your own.
This part of the year the farmer’s markets AND the pick your own farms are opening up.
Get out there, taste the fresh produce. Go to a pick your own and harvest a bushel of food. Go home and learn to make jellies, jams, pickles and more.
The skills you learn will be invaluable.
You might just find out that you really yearn for the homesteading lifestyle and can then take steps to getting OUT there!
Hone your skills. Make a plan and begin taking the steps to get you where you want to be, on your own little piece of land, doing for yourself.