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What Is Homesteading, Exactly?

HFL Admin November 12, 2022

What does the word “homesteading” mean to you? Are there barns involved? Or acres of corn waving in the wind? Sure, those aspects can be part of homesteading, but the concept spans a wide variety of properties and activities.

According to dictionary.com, homesteading is “any dwelling with land and buildings where a family makes its home.” That may have been the original definition, but nowadays, it mostly refers to self-sufficiency.

The original purpose of a homestead was to build a place where a family could live, grow food, and prosper. That doesn’t mean that you need to own acreage or have half a dozen children. Single people can be homesteaders, as can apartment dwellers.

Although there are some core aspects, homesteading won’t look the same for everyone. Some people want to be totally off-grid and utterly self-sufficient. In contrast, others just want to grow a garden and preserve some of their own food.

Ultimately, if you have a dream of being more self-sufficient, you’re already on your way to being a homesteader.