Homesteading means different things for different people. There are many different degrees, and every degree matters. Some homesteaders have backyard gardens, and some live completely off the grid, avoiding all the amenities of the modern world. While that’s a beautiful sentiment that this world couldn’t do without, I understand that it’s not for everyone. It’s not for us yet, either.
We have a small, 2-acre plot of land, surrounded by woods. We raise dairy goats, have a large vegetable garden, rarely waste anything, and make as much as we can from what we have. We do go to the grocery store, have electricity, internet, and television. If you want to know what it’s like to move to the middle of nowhere and live completely from what you produce. I’m not the person to instruct you. I have, however, compiled, a few websites that will instruct and assist you on your path to doing so.
For small homesteads or beginners
Okay, I don’t actually claim to be one of the best on the web. We’re still definitely on our way. Only having lived on our little plot for a couple of years with a small income, we’re still building. Homesteading, in my opinion, gives us some of the best resources possible, but it does come at a start-up cost, especially, if you’re not selling your products and services for income. With that said, stick around, we’ll have tips and tricks on introductory homesteading. We’ll grow together.
While these guys aren’t exactly new, they homestead from their apartment. Balcony growing, creating their own resources, and using everything they can is exactly what homesteading is all about. Not only that, but their story is thick with overcoming adversity and shows that no matter where you live, you can become more self-reliant in any circumstance. Besides their about page, which is definitely worth a read, their article, Planning your Homestead, is a great place to begin.
Here’s another woman who isn’t new at homesteading. She does however, have excellent resources for getting started. In fact, she has a whole section on building your own homestead. She seems to have it all, and what she doesn’t have, she finds knowledgeable guest writers for maximum effect. This is a great resource for people who are both getting started and are interested in learning a new trade.
Though there are a TON of resources out there, I really like these ones for people just starting out.
These folks live off the grid. While they sometimes rely on modern amenities such as a few groceries and library trips. They probably don’t need to. If you your dream is to live in a little house and realistically living and providing for yourself, this is a great place to look. While her blog is geared toward a complete transition, she does include their beginning to now story.
This one is always worth a mention. The Trayer family truly lives a traditional off-grid lifestyle. They hunt and trap, raise hens, build their own structures, and supply their own electricity via solar energy. They also have a son who is a high-functioning autistic. Here’s another family that completely fends for themselves and overcomes adversity. This blog is your ultimate troubleshooting guide. One of the nice things about this blog is that they have many concrete resources for their subscribers. Their site includes products, classes, recipes, and all sorts of other self-help areas to give you the best support beginning your life as an advanced homesteader.
This blog has something for everyone. From the homesteader who makes their dinners from scratch, to the one who lives completely off of their own resources. She’s got something for you. What I like, specifically about her blog, is she covers a lot of money-making and income earning tips, purely from the homestead. She also has a newsletter that goes out with a ton of resources for homesteaders.
While this list isn’t conclusive by any means, there are some great resources to start you out on your journey to beginning your life of self-reliance or to enhance it. Taking a look at these blogs is an excellent way to link to other resources that they think are great as well.
What changes have you made/are you making in order to become more self-reliant?