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What is your definition of homesteading? Currently the term
'homesteading'[1] applies to anyone who is a limb of the
back-to-the-land movement and who chooses to live a sustainable,
self-sufficient lifestyle. This is Wikipedia's definition, I'm still
trying to define my definition of homesteading as it applies to our
lives. Do we want to go as far as Barbara Kingsolver and her family did
in her book Animal, Vegetable,Miracle? This family moved to Ky. and
decided to live off of what they could grow themselves or buy only from
local producers for one year. It is a great book and I recommend it to
everyone. Or do we grow what we can and supplement form the local
stores. How responsible do we want to be in cutting down our carbon
footprint? I know at the moment we do not have enough experience in
growing food,raising animals or farming to go as far as the Kingslover
family. They did take a while to set themselves up for this experiment
also. I think that is a goal we could shoot for somewhere down the
road. This year I think we will grow a sm/med. size garden, build a
chicken house,add the chickens and work on getting fences up for the
pasture that we want. That and various small projects around the house
should keep us busy. We will have a pot belly pig to board for a
relative,he is a pet(this has been stressed strongly), but I could get
him a girl friend and raise little pot bellies!

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Comment by Rachel Hoff on February 8, 2010 at 2:34pm
For me "homesteading" is using your home to be as self sustaining as possible. Of course for some of us, being 100% self sustaining is impossible to achieve. I see it as a lot of shades of gray rather than black and white.


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