HOMESTEADING without LAND

We don’t own land…yet! But due to the generosity of our landlord and good neighbors, we live a full-fledged homesteading lifestyle that includes raising and processing our own meat, a weekly supply of eggs, all the garden space we need plus access to fruits and berries. We pay a small fee to be part of a community farm 1 mile down the road where we are required to help with labor. We love it! Chores are often done in the form of a “work bee” and its great fun to weed the big ole’ potato patch while chatting with a friend!

 

If you live in or near a community with acreages, you don’t have to own land to raise meat and vegetables. But you will have to rely on those who do, and find someone who is willing to let you join in or use their land. I’ve got to come out and say it: if and when we ever purchase land, I want to be able to offer opportunities to those who are interested and want to lead a natural, healthier life but don’t have the land or know-how. This life was meant to be shared!

 

Yes, I believe in sharing the homestead life. Any farm kid is aware of this necessary reality. But I’ve come to believe in it even more in the last year, particularly when limited by sickness. Check it out: Why I Believe in Community Homesteading

Homsteading in Community

 

The original homesteaders had it right. They really did. And I do believe we’d benefit from their lives, if only we slowed down enough to take note! Here it is, folks. My perspective on Homesteaders: 4 Life Lessons from the Past

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While I fully support homesteading together, I believe it’s wise to do your homework! It pays to walk with caution. And to set boundaries for the benefit of all those involved.

Landowners, here’s a few things to chew on before offering your resources to another individual: Before You Choose Community Homesteading…

And to the wanna-be homesteaders, think on this before accepting the offer provided by a real homesteader: Before You Accept an Offer…

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The logistics should always be figured and discussed ahead of time, whether buying tools Purchasing Tools Together or animals Buying Animals Together, sharing or harvesting together!

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While Community Homesteading is wonderful, it pays to proceed with caution. While it cuts back on the work load, builds relationships and holds opportunities for learning and teaching, it can also be messy. Be sure of the individual’s reliability then jump in and enjoy the mutual camaraderie!

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