Modern Homesteading: Trending Independence

Do you want to be independent? So do most of your peers in the housing market. One way homeowners new and old are achieving independence and self-sufficiency is by homesteading. Homesteading as a practice has picked up popularity in recent years. This alternative lifestyle is centered around self-reliance, sustainability, and a personal connection to the land. Rural homesteading is known, but homesteads exist even within large cities and suburban neighborhoods. Its principles can be explored everywhere. Today, by defining and exploring homesteading, we will find out why so many people are choosing to embrace it.

What is Homesteading?

Homesteading is an older concept. The goal of a homestead is to live off of the land. This requires us to rely only on resources already present and our own knowledge and craftsmanship. When this tradition started the process went as follows. Homesteaders claimed unoccupied land, adapted it to grow food, and built their own home on the same land. Throughout this entire process early homesteaders had little contact with persons outside of their land. This practice isn’t as common in modern day, where the legal concept of homesteading has evolved, but the core principles remain the same. Any hopeful homesteader must value self-sufficiency and sustainability in order to nurture the connection to nature that is key to a successful homestead.

The Modern Homesteading Movement

Recently we have taken a shift towards simpler and more sustainable lifestyles, which is where homesteading values find their place. Homeowners with concerns about the impact of consumerism on the environment are taking steps to define and reevaluate their relationship with the planet. Seeking out alternative ways of living that align with these ideals often brings them to the modern homesteading movement. Modern homesteading is adapted from traditional homesteading, still making an effort to live off of the land provided but with the valuable addition of an active community to support you in this modern age.

Homesteading in Housing

In housing, a homestead isn’t always what you think. While the image of the solitary log cabin in the wilderness still holds romantic appeal, a modern homestead is much different. A value on sustainability leads modern homesteaders to instead find ways to incorporate self-sufficiency into pre-existing living conditions..

Urban Homesteading

In urban areas, if you want to live sustainably you have to get creative. Urban housing often results in limited space for plant growth and food cultivation. Self-sustainability is still possible, it will just look different than a traditional picture of homesteading. Adapting to their space, rooftop gardens and vertical farming are just two of the many ways that you can grow food in a limited space. Homesteading in an urban area comes with its own difficulties but is no less fulfilling.

Suburban Homesteading

Suburban living opens up a few more options. Where rooftop gardens are still a viable option, suburbanites often have additional opportunities that spawn from an increase in space. In these areas, homesteaders are transforming their backyards into verifiable mini-farms. Backyard farms often integrate composting and rainwater harvesting to cut even more outside involvement from the cultivation of small crops.  Chicken coops and beehives are common sights in suburban neighborhoods. Being able to produce resources such as eggs and honey gives homesteaders additional financial freedom.

Rural Homesteading

After urban and suburban homesteading there is of course always the classic traditional rural homestead. These homesteads have only increased in effectiveness and efficiency. Off-grid living has changed. Modern rural homesteads are integrating renewable energy and regenerative agriculture to continue embracing self-sufficiency while also being sure to steward the land for use by future generations.

Why Homesteading?

At the end of the day, the question remains. Why homesteading? Why are more and more people choosing to embrace this alternative lifestyle? A few reasons are possible. The reason could be a want to live more simply. Possibly a desire to be cut off from consumer culture. It could also be about reconnecting and living in harmony with nature or simply the rising cost of goods. Whatever the reason is, homesteading at its core is a response to an uncertain future. Achieving independence through self-reliance helps homesteaders secure a stabilized future.


There has been a shift in how we think about the land we live on. Homesteading is just one example. When we embrace its principles and community we forge a path towards a brighter and more secure future. Wherever the homestead is located, in a city, town, or farm, its spirit lives on. Long live independence, simplicity, and self-reliance.

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