What makes a Homesteader a Homesteader?
The Goat Cheese Lady and I had this conversation once. We thought hard about the Homesteaders we know and what they do, but it would have been easier if we had waited a few weeks. We could have just gone to the Homestead Fair!
Good Earth Garden Center on Walnut St. holds a Homestead Fair twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall.
Homesteaders of all stripes set up at the fair to share knowledge and offer the products of their efforts to the public.
Some Homesteaders live on farms.
Others live in town.
Some Homesteaders are hobbyists.
Some make their living from Homesteading activities.
And some teach others.
Homesteading covers a wide range of topics and activities, from raising animals…
to making soap,
to making our city more friendly to a simple life.
The Goat Cheese Lady and I had concluded that Homesteading means finding ways to be more self-sufficient, to do more things for yourself. It’s an attempt to return to the basics in a world so complex and removed from our fundamental needs that many people don’t know where food comes from.
This can be as simple as knitting your own winter hats or raising a few hens for eggs. Or it can be as complicated as making your living from home.
Whatever it is, Homesteading reminds us of the importance of home, community and relationships. Self-sufficiency quickly shows us it’s not really about relying only on yourself.
It’s about working together to make a better life for the community.
© 2013 Hungry Chicken Homestead
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