For us homesteading is:
- working together as a family to be more self-sustainable by growing your own herbs and vegetables
- planting nut and fruit trees
- keeping dairy goats for milk, cream, butter and cheese
- raising chickens for eggs and meat
- doing everything ourselves on a scale that is manageable and sufficient for us as a family
- living in harmony with nature
- making use of solar energy
And of course experiencing the joy of reaping the fruits of our own labour!
Definition for homesteading according to Wikipedia:
Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craft work for household use or sale. Pursued in different ways around the world—and in different historical eras—homesteading is generally differentiated from rural village or commune living by isolation (either socially or physically) of the homestead. Use of the term in the United States dates back to the Homestead Act (1862) and before. In sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in nations formerly controlled by the British Empire, a homestead is the household compound for a single extended family. In the UK, the term ‘smallholder’ is the rough equivalent of ‘homesteader’.
Modern homesteaders often use renewable energy options including solar electricity and wind power and some even invent DIY cars. Many also choose to plant and grow heirloom vegetables and to raise heritage livestock. Homesteading is not defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, but by the lifestyle choices they make.