Perhaps you've seen a magazine with a headlines about homesteading, backyard farming, micro-farming, urban farming, or hobby farming.
Maybe a co-worker mentioned she's keeping backyard chickens.
Possibly you've been seeing those signs for the local farmers market popping up everywhere you go.
All around us, people are making the choice to live closer to the earth, to re-connect with the food chain, to take charge of where and how they spend their money, to engage in the process of making food, clothing, and home goods, and to make conscious choices about how they live. Some people see this as the latest craze, but for many of us, choosing to homestead is a way to step backwards and reclaim our lives. It is not a fad or a craze, it is simply a choice about how we live.
Choosing to homestead does not mean that you are turning away from all modern conveniences and looking for a piece of rural land in the boonies. For some people, this is the dream, but for most of us, modern homesteading means finding a balance between new and old.
There are so many reasons that people are choosing this way of life, and most people are making their decision based on several reasons. Here are several reasons people are choosing to homestead.
The Romantic Vision of the CountryIn our modern world, the rural, farming life is constantly romanticized. Movies, ads, books, music, and even blogs idealize what life is like for the farmer, but they also offer an alternative vision of life for people who don't have the opportunity to spend their days shoveling out animal poop and weeding their gardens. For people caught in the rush of busy lives, the idea of homesteading provides the opportunity to step back and simplify life.
Homesteading is hard work, but it is also rewarding. If you are looking to slow down, homesteading may be just what you're looking for.
The Joy of Self-SufficiencyBeing able to provide food and other items for you and your family is a simple joy itself. Many people choose to homestead for the ability to become self-sufficiency, whether they want to be prepared to survive in case of an emergency or just value sitting down to a meal they've grown from scratch.
To Teach Family and Community ValuesHomesteading is a wonderful way to share values with your family. Homesteading teaches responsibility, the importance of hard work, compassion, and the benefits of authenticity. Sure you don't have to homestead to share these values, but the basic work and emphasis that occurs on a homestead lends itself to these values. Sharing the experience of raising your own food with your children or other family members takes the experience one step further.
A Love of Animals and GardeningFor many people, the joy of spending time with animals and getting their hands in the garden is reason enough to choose a homesteading life. Whether you choose to keep animals for the eggs they produce, for the wool you harvest, or for the companionship, keeping animals can enrich your life. For those with a green thumb, or for those who want to have a green thumb, spending time in the garden is soothing and can be a wonderful hobby, or can become even more.
To Provide Healthier Food for Me and My FamilyThere are many concerns about the quality of modern food and the entire food industry. Many people choose to homestead as a way to provide healthy, chemical-free, non GMO, organic food for their families. Concerns over how animals are raised and slaughtered is a leading reason many people choose to homestead. The food you buy in the grocery store is not as fresh, healthy, or tasty as what you can grow in your own backyard,
Security in an Insecure EconomyWhile homesteading is not the answer to making your fortune, many people find security in knowing that they have food growing in their own backyard in case of tough times or an emergency. Having the tools at hand to supplement your needs financially and otherwise can bring piece of mind.
A Concern For the Environment, Climate Chnge, etcIt is so hard sometimes to know the best way to help the earth. All around us, people are concerned about pollution, climate change, deforestation, and countless other environmental issues. By homesteading, you are taking charge of a small part of your impact on the planet and paying attention to how the decisions you make affect the natural world. Small changes in the way you live your life can make a difference.
What reasons are the most important to you?
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