So, you live in the city you say? And you want to get into homesteading you say? Well, you came to the right place!
Some of you are probably thinking, “but isn’t homesteading and urban living mutually exclusive?” Absolutely not.
Homesteading is all about living a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. At its core it is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small-scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale.
Here’s how to begin:
The first step is to get accustomed to the lifestyle of a homesteader to determine if in fact that type of lifestyle is right for you. Wean yourself off of electronic recreation. This includes social media, video games and movies. These can be replaced with activities like reading a book or playing board games. movies.
All homesteaders need to know how to fix things. If you don’t, you’ll have to start learning basic skills. Useful skills include: basic carpentry, electrical, plumbing, knots, sharpening tools & knives, and canning and preserving. Many cities host workshops where you can learn how to use power tools and basic auto mechanics. Knowing how to fix small engines can be very useful! There’s no need to buy new tools either – craigslist can be your best friend for cheap tools and equipment!
Learn how to shoot, clean, and disassemble a firearm.
Take a master gardener course.
Begin to collect books on essential homesteading subject matter like home repair, hunting, gardening, and beekeeping.
Get your finances in order and set a modest budget.
Learn how to urban farm and raise chickens in your backyard.
Lastly, check out this excellent book for homestead beginners, called The Weekend Homesteader by Anna Hess