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You Can Be a Homesteader! Right Now! Right Where You Are!

I believe a quiet revolution is happening all over the country.  People are wanting to reconnect with the real and true things in life.

Maybe you've heard the call.  You want to be more self-sufficient and have more security.  You want to live more lightly on the land.

You want to be a homesteader!

But you don't have to sell everything you own, move to the country and shun modern conveniences.  You don't have to have a huge farm replete with livestock and acres and acres of crops.

You can be a homesteader no matter where you live, whether it be on 80 acres or an apartment with a tiny patio.  You can be a homesteader right now.

Because homesteading isn't about where you live; it's about how you live.  

Can you live more simply?
Simple doesn't mean spartan, and it doesn't have to mean just making do.  It doesn't even mean getting rid of all your earthly possessions (although I'm constantly fighting against clutter!)  

Living simply is within your means, doing more with less, and enjoying what you have and where you're at.

It can mean reducing clutter, reducing debt, and reducing stress.

On a grander scale, living simply also means living your life with purpose.  It's doing away with things that detract from what means the most to you.  It's doing the things you love and living the way you want.

Can you eat real food?
Stay away from prepackaged, processed foods.  Learn to cook from scratch.  You'll be healthier and save money too.

Try to eat seasonally.  You'll get the best prices this way, and the food will be tastier too.  Put up extras by freezing, dehydrating, and canning.  

Shop at the farmer's market, or join a CSA (highly recommended!)  You can find a CSA near you by going to Local Harvest.

Can you grow even one thing?
A large garden and orchard may be a dream-come-true.  But you can grow a tomato plant in a pot by the back door.  You can grow basil, thyme, chives, and other herbs in a sunny windowsill.  You can even grow mushrooms on your kitchen table!  (There are kits available that make it super easy; it is so interesting watching them grow and they sure taste good.)  I got my kit from Mushroom Adventures, a company that operates just a few towns away from mine. 

If you have a community garden nearby, join!  They supply the land, you supply the manpower, and you're rewarded with fresh fruits and veggies.  If you are new to gardening, you'll find lots of people to help you out at a community garden.  You'll support your local community and meet new people.  Plus, you get to play in the dirt.

Visit the American Community Gardening Association to find a garden nearby.     

Can you use less?
Use less energy, less resources, and less money.  It's good for the earth and good for your budget.  Walk or ride a bike.  Buy used instead of new.  Take reusable totes to the grocery store instead of plastic bags.  Recycle.

Sometimes it feels like I can't make a difference.  But I still do what I can.  I have to believe that every little bit helps! 

Can you learn a new skill?
Homesteaders are industrious sorts.  We're always ready to learn new things and become more self-sufficient.

With the internet and the local library, you can learn just about anything you wish.  Learn how to knit or crochet, bake bread, make soap (hey!  I can help you with that one!), cook, do home repairs, make furniture.  Choose something that really interests you, and learn how to do it.        

If you can do all of these things, or even one of these things, congratulations!  You're a homesteader! 

Welcome to the club!  

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