What is modern homesteading?

Welcome to the official launch of Hough Family Homestead! I’m so glad that you are here! Look around and become familiar with the site.  In the coming days and weeks you will find everything you need in order to start or to continue homesteading.

So what is ‘homesteading’? Is there is a difference between the homesteading of the 1800’s, the 1900’s and now. There is no question. So what we do now I call ‘modern homesteading’. To me, modern homesteading is making a home. It is also taking small steps towards being more independent of “the system” in whatever ways (large or small) you can.

What does ‘homesteading’ look like at my house?

We garden, preserve our harvest, beekeep, and I knit. But that’s not what it looks like for everyone. Some people container garden, have raised beds, or just completely have brown thumbs. Other homesteaders have animals such as goats, chickens, ducks, etc. Still others choose to only buy locally, make their own household supplies, or a combination of any of these. There is no “right” way to homestead. It’s how YOU want to make your home.

There are a few things that all homesteaders do have in common…..

  1. A homesteader is a person of action. They don’t know just say their going to do something, or think about it, they actually do it.
  2. A homesteader is a life long learner.  Homesteaders are always wanting to learn more, or learn something new.
  3. A homesteader is a servant. Homesteaders are stewards to the land, to animals, and are willing to help others (in their own family, friends, and community).
  4. A homesteader is a part of a community. Being a part of a community is a way to learn and to grow as a homesteader. Homesteaders tend to flock to one another because they feel that they can learn from one another.

As I’ve said many times to anyone who will listen, homesteading is a frame of mind, a philosophy, and a lifestyle. It’s not having a large garden, living off grid in the woods, or making your own clothes (but you sure can if you want to), homesteading can be done anywhere by anyone. If this sounds like you, stick around and visit a spell. We’ve got a lot of things to learn from one another.

13 thoughts on “What is modern homesteading?

  1. Anastasia Sakawsky says:

    Great post! Congrats on your blog launch. I’m looking forward to reading more! You are so right about what all homesteaders have in common, and also that it looks different for everyone. For us, we garden/grow our own veggies, fruits, herbs and medicine, cook from scratch, preserve food, make candles and DIY home products and crafts, buy local as much as possible and try to live frugally. We live on just over an acre in an old farmhouse now, but our homestead journey started when we still lived in an apartment in the city. Homesteading is indeed a mindset, and anybody can be a homesteader wherever they are. I will be launching my own blog in just over a month that focuses on encouraging others to take the next (or first) step in their own homestead journey no matter where they live or what skills they possess, because as long as they have the characteristics you mentioned, that’s enough to get started (or keep going!). Welcome to the blog world! All the best.

    The House & Homestead

    • mrachellhough@gmail.com says:

      Thank you Anna!People ask me frequently about what exactly homesteading looks like but the truth is it looks differently for everyone. I’m excited for your blog adventure as well. Please let me know if you need anything and of course, when it’s ready to launch!

      • Anastasia Sakawsky says:

        Definitely will do! I love connecting with others who “get” the journey that we’re on. Unfortunately most of our friends don’t get it, and while I’m hoping my blog will help to explain it a bit better, I’m also looking forward to connecting with other homesteaders online. I guess that’s part of “modern” homesteading: don’t think pioneers back in the 1800s were blogging about their adventures! Too bad😉

  2. Alicia Dowell says:

    I am so excited for what you are going to be sharing! Homesteading is very fun and keeps us on our toes.

    • mrachellhough@gmail.com says:

      Thank you Alicia! I appreciate your support and encouragement more than you know! You have always been a part of my homesteading community!

  3. Beth Macre says:

    Congratulations on the new website! It looks great! I look forward to learning new things!

    • mrachellhough@gmail.com says:

      Thank you Jessica! I’m sure I have a lot to learn and hope to learn from you as well! Having a homesteading mindset honestly give me so much peace! Thank you for stopping by!

    • mrachellhough@gmail.com says:

      Thank you Brett! I have recently found your blog and just LOVE it! Keep it up!

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