Project Self Sufficiency
A Simple and Organic Life
For many, homesteading is the ultimate project self sufficiency. This rising lifestyle option is gaining in popularity because of its sound economics, its back-to-the-basics values and its lowered environmental impacts.
Homesteaders today are found in rural areas and cities alike. Whether they have a tremendous amount of land to farm for sufficiency, or they have to be more creative about their approach, they do carry some things in common. Homesteaders are simply out to become as self sufficient as possible.
Today’s homesteaders are focusing on self sufficiency for items including substance, utilities and income. Most also work very hard to reduce their impacts on the environment by enjoying a simpler life.
Self Sufficiency With Food
Whether they live in urban settings or rural areas, homesteaders tend to take steps to become as self sufficient as possible for feeding themselves and their families. This lifestyle encourages organic living, which is considered more healthful and reduces reliance on prepackaged, processed foods.
To enjoy a greater level of sufficiency, homesteaders are offsetting or completely replacing their need to grocery shop by:
- Growing their own vegetables and grains
- Raising their own animals
- Creating their own milk, butter, cheese
While urban homesteaders might be more challenged in regard to food self sufficiency, they are finding ways to make it work. Micro-farming, community gardens and even container gardens can assist them in offsetting food costs.
Self Sufficiency with Utilities
Contrary to popular belief, not all homesteaders are completely “unplugged.” Many, in fact, enjoy the use of the Internet and computers.
Most do take steps to gain sufficiency on the utilities by:
- Offsetting or eliminating grid power through the use of solar or wind power
- Using wells to draw water
- Irrigating with rainwater and collected water
Because the homesteading lifestyle reduces and/or eliminates a lot of common daily expenses, homesteaders often find themselves more economically independent.
To increase their self sufficiency, some homesteaders:
- Do continue to work a day job while saving surpluses
- Sell extra crops from their farming efforts to supplement earnings
- Make products on their homestead to sell to others
While not every homesteader manages or even desires to completely isolate from the outside world, many discover the simpler life makes them more economically stable.
Homesteading is the ultimate project self sufficiency for those who want to streamline expenses while reducing reliance on others.
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