Top 10 Homesteading Resolutions to Make for 2017
Are you tired of a full schedule that is void of substance? Do you want more Freedom, Independence and a Self-Sufficient lifestyle? Does Homesteading appeal to you? If you answered yes to any of these questions then it’s time to start your homesteading journey and make these resolutions for the new year.
What is Homesteading?
Homesteading is about reviving old skills, a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, joining others on the journey, sharing your knowledge to pass down for generations, turning away from a consumer culture and finding happiness with less.
Many Homesteaders, rural and urban, practice: Agriculture, Food Preservation, Textile Production, Use Renewable Energy, Preserve Heirloom Vegetables, Raise Livestock and Bees, Composting, Self-sufficient living: re-using, repairing, and recycling items.
Homesteading is not defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, but by the lifestyle choices they make.
You don’t have to own a farm or 100 acres to homestead. To work towards a self-sufficient Homesteading lifestyle, you can do it with what you have right where you’re at. The good news? Homesteading is a frugal lifestyle so it can fit any budget.
But where do you start? The answer is somewhere, anywhere but the key is to start.
Scott Terry, from North Country Farmer, said it best when he said today’s homesteading generation is at a disadvantage because we don’t have the knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation teaching us the hands-on skills that we need to sustain ourselves. Now most of us are self-taught from the internet or just trial and error.
In this article of 10 Homesteading resolutions to make for 2017, Homesteaders from all over the country from all different walks of life have shared their knowledge to help get you started towards your Homesteading goals.
Homesteader Resolution to Make #1- Be a Good Steward of the Land
Homesteaders respect the earth and the land, from the dirt to the animals that roam on it. They realize we can get all we need from the land and do their best to take care of it and respect it.
How to be a good steward? Start with the 5 R’s (yes 5- not 3).
- Refuse– Refuse to buy something that has a one time use
- Repurpose– Whatever you do buy, try to find another purpose for it once you are done.
- Reduce- Think twice before buying. Buy reusable gift bags once instead of wrapping paper.
- Reuse- Buy used items that look new. Give your unwanted items to someone that would appreciate them or have a yard sale.
- Recycle- As a last resort, recycle. This should be the last step you take with products you buy. Don’t purchase a convenience product with the mindset “I can recycle it later” . Remember there is no “away” , when people throw “away” it is just being relocated, so do your best at reducing the amount of items you need to relocate.
Homesteading Resolution to Make #2- Grow Food
From a windowsill to a field, growing food helps create food independence and a sustainable lifestyle. There is something empowering about sowing a seed, nurturing it to ripeness then sitting down with your family to a home-cooked meal.
To help you achieve your food independence, I am sharing articles by Homesteaders who have experience with growing food.
Homesteading Resolution to Make #3- Cook From Scratch
I remember back in the day when Home Economics was taught in school; meals involved the whole family and were ate at the dinner table.
Now meal time consists of a drive-through and comes out of a box. Take back your meal time (and your health), one recipe at a time and start cooking from scratch.
Homesteading Resolution to Make #4- Learn to Preserve Food
Because food is so important for survival, food preservation is one of the oldest methods used by human beings.
When preserving food, you are not just canning or dehydrating food, you are insuring you will eat tomorrow, preserving your harvest, and saving money. To learn more about food preservation, read the articles below, you can also check with your local Extension Service to see if they have any classes available.
Homesteading Resolution to Make #5- Homeschool
Everyone’s decision to Homeschool is a personal one, and they are all different. Our children have been in public school, private school and homeschool. Each school had it’s advantages and disadvantages, you have to make the right decision for you and your child.
Homesteading Resolution to Make #6- Buy a Homestead
The American Dream (or Worldwide Dream) to own your own Homestead. The first of the acts, the Homestead Act of 1862, opened up millions of acres. Any adult who had never taken up arms against the U.S. government, could apply. Women, blacks, and immigrants were eligible. The Homestead Acts were several United States federal laws that gave an applicant ownership of land, typically called a “homestead“, at little or no cost.
Now owning your own homestead seems like a fantasy you get to day-dream about on your coffee break at work, but owning a homestead might be more obtainable than you think.
Homesteading Resolution to Make #7- Tools of the Trade
‘It’s not the brush, but the artist”,ever heard that before? While that may be true with art, it doesn’t always ring true with the Homestead. Having the right tool for the job can help save you time and money. Read the suggestions from Homesteaders to start your tool collection.
Homesteading Resolution to Make #8- Add Livestock
Don’t let land stand in your way of owning livestock (although some laws may, so check your local laws before you buy). Provided that your state/county/city allows you to have livestock, there are a lot of animals you can raise for sustainability in a small area.
For instance, we live on just over 1/4 acre and have two milking goats (who are both pregnant-Yippee, baby goats!), 15 chickens, 6 ducks and honey bees. Our livestock provides: fresh milk, cheese, eggs and honey. Other options to consider are pigs, fish, sheep, rabbits, turkeys, guineas, quail, and mini cows- just to name a few.
Homesteading Resolution to Make #9- Make it Yourself- Learn a Skill
If you are living on a budget, learning to do things yourself is a vital part of financial survival. Therefore being able to do something yourself without calling a specialist or going to the store is not only empowering but it could also save you thousands. So once you perfect your skill or trade, you could turn it into a money-making opportunity to help support your family.
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Homesteading Resolution to Make #10- Share with Others
If you could do good things for other people, you had a moral obligation to do those things! That’s what’s at stake here. Not choice. Responsibility.
With great knowledge comes great responsibility. So it is our responsibility to share the knowledge we have with others and to pass it down to our youth in order to live an independent (not co-dependent) life.
Homesteaders look out for their neighbor and fellow man; in addition they still have a cup of sugar to borrow; you can call them in the middle of the night when your goat is getting ready to kid; they will pray for you when you ask, and homesteaders will show you how to cook that amazing casserole they made (without leaving out the secret ingredient!).
- Start a 4-H club,
- Offer tours of your homestead
- Teach workshops on how to make bread
- Share your sourdough starter
The Homesteaders Heart Creed
Honor old-fashion skills.
Live a self-sufficient lifestyle.
Be good stewards of the land.
Reuse, recycle and make do.
Share with others.
Pass on homesteading skills.