Growing your own food. Making clothing. Baking. Spinning, knitting, dyeing, woodworking.
It turns out that this lifestyle has a name: homesteading.
“Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of food, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale.” – Wikipedia
The artists I’ve heard on these podcasts have been saying things that resonate with my desires to provide for my family in a more traditional, old-fashioned, sustainable and ethical way, and I finally heard the term for this that I had never heard before: Homesteading.
So many of the things that I’ve been passionate about learning about are encompassed in this lifestyle. I’m only actually good at a few of these, like knitting and quilting, but other aspects, like dyeing yarn and baking bread are parts that I’ve been excited to learn about this year. (And the years to come. Because let’s face it: it takes time!)
Someday in the future I’d love to own some land and have fiber animals and chickens. That would take my homesteading adventures to a whole new level.
But for now you can find me in suburbia, practicing my homesteading skills to the best of my ability. I’m lucky enough to be able to garden, bake, spin, knit, and quilt right where I’m at. It may not be my dream location, but I can develop a lot of my dream skills while I’m here.
Are there any parts of the homesteading lifestyle that have appealed to you? Any that you do? Resources that have been game changers for you? I am so excited to learn more this year!